Thibaut Courtois defends Chelsea head injury treatment

Courtois defends Chelsea head injury treatment
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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois defends the club's decision not to substitute him immediately after he sustained a head injury against Arsenal.

Thibaut Courtois has defended the treatment that he received by Chelsea's club doctor after he sustained a head injury in the Premier League earlier this month.

The goalkeeper was left dizzy and with a bleeding ear following a clash with Alexis Sanchez during his side's 2-0 win over Arsenal, but was initially cleared to play on, before being substituted 13 minutes later.

The 22-year-old told Sky Sports News: "The doctor of Chelsea did well, I think. She asked me the questions she needed to ask and I could repeat immediately so I was feeling well and didn't have to come off.

"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.

"I know you have to be careful, but I was not really knocked out. I had some neck pains, dizziness, and headaches for a few days afterwards, so that's why I stayed in England. I had a little confusion I think, and a little blood. I had neurological tests to see if my brain was responding correctly and, after it was okay, I travelled to Belgium."

Courtois was able to play all 90 minutes in Belgium's 6-0 win over Andorra in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday.

Thibaut Courtois of Belgium throws the ball during the International friendly match between Belgium and France at the King Baudouin Stadium on August 14, 2013
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