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Sunday 20 August 2017

Courtois: Doctor right

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has defended the Premier League leader's handling of the head injury he suffered during last weekend's 2-0 league victory over Arsenal.

Courtois (pictured) was injured in an early clash with Arsenal's Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez and despite initially being given clearance to carry on, was replaced by Petr Cech 13 minutes later when his symptoms worsened.

Headway, a prominent charity that supports those suffering from brain injuries, questioned Chelsea's handling of the situation and whether the Premier League's new regulations -- which dictate players must be substituted if a concussion is suspected -- were adequately adhered to. Courtois, however, who played every minute of Belgium's 6-0 Euro 2016 qualifier win against Andorra on Friday, praised the way the club's medical staff handled the situation.

"The doctor of Chelsea did well, I think," Courtois said. "She asked me the questions she needed to ask and I could repeat immediately so I was feeling well.

"I didn't feel I was knocked out but I was hit. I didn't have a headache or anything, but after a few minutes I felt worse and worse.

"Then I started to feel a little dizzy and I couldn't see the ball anymore, and there was a little blood coming from my ear. Because I saw trouble, I went off."

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