West Ham defender Potts leaves hospital after frightening head injury at Arsenal
Jim Van Wijk, Press Association
10:39 GMT, 24 January 2013
20:10 GMT, 24 January 2013
West Ham defender Daniel Potts has left hospital and returned home following the head injury he suffered in his side's 5-1 defeat at Arsenal last night.
Potts had replaced Jack Collison just after the hour mark at the Emirates Stadium, but suffered a nasty concussion following a heavy fall after an accidental aerial collision with Bacary Sagna.
The 18-year-old spent last night in hospital and underwent further scans and tests today, which came back positively.
Flat out: Daniel Potts was knocked unconcious following a clash of heads with Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna
Potts has expressed his gratitude for
the messages of support he has received and will undergo a period of
rest before being allowed to resume light training in the gym.
Potts received lengthy treatment from
medical staff, eventually being taken from the field on a stretcher, in a
neck brace, receiving gas and covered in an emergency blanket before
being transferred to a nearby hospital for observation.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter expressed backing for Potts, writing on Twitter: 'Best wishes & quick recovery to @DanPotts03. Concussion in football is a big issue that FIFA is taking very seriously.'
Unconscious: There were 12 minutes of injury time at the Emirates following the collision
Speaking after the match last night, Sam Allardyce
said: 'Potts was unable to give the correct answers to the questions the
doctor asked, which shows a concussion to the brain.
'They put him on the oxygen and strapped him, just to make sure there was no damage to the spine or the neck.
'He was out for a few seconds, maybe a minute, and was not fully conscious when he came off.
'We were concerned at how long it
took. They have to make sure they protect the spine the right way,
getting them on the stretcher – that is why it took the time it did.'
Out: Potts was released from hospital on Thursday
He added: 'Hopefully he will make a speedy
recovery. As he lost consciousness it is a minimum of two weeks, I
think, before he can play again.'
Jack Collison, who scored his first
goal since returning from lengthy injury, said losing
Potts would be a big blow.
'It's disappointing,' the midfielder
said. 'He's been magnificent for us these past few weeks. To get a
chance tonight at a place like this is what he's worked so hard for.
'We wish him a speedy recovery. I
think there was a clash, these things happen. You've got to say well
done to the medical team, they got in there and he's in the best hands.'