After a 2-1 loss at the hands of Southampton, Harry Redknapp believed a temporary substitution could have helped his Queens Park Rangers side.
Redknapp was forced to use a substitution just eleven minutes into the match after Brazilian midfielder Sandro went down with a head injury. Doctors removed Sandro from the pitch where he headed to the locker room not to return.
While doctors held out Sandro for precautionary measures, Redknapp said he would have been fit to return later on in the match. However, he was forced to use a substitution rather than play with ten men until Sandro could return.
“But it doesn’t sound the worst idea for a temporary replacement, so that the doctors could have a longer look at the player with the potential head injury.
Medical people have got to be so careful, they can’t take a chance because if anything went wrong there would be massive trouble.
After concussions came into the spotlight after a string of incidents in the World Cup, the Premier League adopted new rules regarding how to handle head injuries.
If a player were to leave a match with a head injury, Redknapp would like the possibility of a temporary substitute to ensure the injured player has enough time to be cared for by team doctors. If the player is fit to return, they would replace the temporary player without counting against the substitution limits.
However unlikely a rule like this added anytime soon, it’s good for football and the Premier League that proper treatment of head injuries is getting attention. Any rule that ensures the safety and long-term health of the players is a rule that is beneficial to the game.