Doctors: Liverpool's Karius sustained concussion during Champions League final

By Alex Butler  |  June 4, 2018 at 5:40 PM
share with facebook
share with twitter

June 4 (UPI) -- Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed Monday that Liverpool goalie Loris Karius sustained a concussion during the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the finale on May 26 at NSC Olimpiyskiy in Kiev, Ukraine. Karius held Madrid scoreless in the first half, before allowing a goal to Karim Benzema in the 51st minute after a horrible error.

Sadio Mane scored for Liverpool four minutes later, but Karius allowed two scores to Gareth Bale down the stretch.

Dr. Ross Zafonte and Leonor Herget, PT, DPT, released a statement on the goalkeeper.

"We have received numerous calls today regarding the health status of Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius," the statement said. "With Mr. Karius's permission, we are providing information about his medical situation in an effort to prevent, where possible, the dissemination of incomplete or erroneous information."

"On May 31, 2018 Mr. Karius underwent a comprehensive examination by Dr. Ross Zafonte and Dr. Lenore Herget in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital."

"After carefully reviewing game film and integrating a detailed history - - including his reported present and immediate post-contact subjective symptoms - - physical examination and objective metrics, we have concluded that Mr. Karius sustained a concussion during the match May 26, 2018."

"At the time of our evaluation, Mr. Karius's principal residual symptoms and objective signs suggested that visual spatial dysfunction existed and likely occurred immediately following the event. Additional symptomatic and objectively noted areas of dysfunction also persisted. It could be possible that such deficits would affect performance."

"We also note that Mr. Karius has reported significant and steady improvement since the concussive event, and we expect him to make a full recovery based on the results of the examination. We expect that with treatment and by following prescribed activity protocols he will continue to improve. We have encouraged vigilance and an emphasis on safety in his eventual return to full activity."

"This is the only comment we will be making in relation to this matter.  All future media inquiries should be directed to the Liverpool FC Press Office."

Karius, 24, allowed the goal to Benzema by throwing an ill advised pass in his direction, instead of to one of the Reds players. Benzema easily tapped the ball into the Liverpool net. Bale hit a beautiful bicycle kick on his first goal. That play came just minutes after Madrid defender Sergio Ramos bumped into Karius.

Bale's second score wasn't quite as pretty. The Welsh forward shot toward Karius from about 35 yards out. Karius looked as though he would easily save the shot, but the ball deflected off of his hands and back into his own net.

Related UPI Stories
Trending Stories