Newcastle United defender Fabian Schar came off second best in a clash of heads between himself and Jemal Tabidze in Switzerland’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Georgia in Tbilisi, which left Schar unconscious and swallowing his tongue.
The incident occurred in the 24th minute of the match on Saturday which saw Georgian player Jano Ananidze rush over to Schar to help him by trying to free his tongue from his throat.
Schar, however, regained consciousness and carried on for the remainder of the match as the Swiss claimed a valuable 2-0 win.
The centre-back confirmed after the match that he couldn’t remember anything from the 90 minutes he was on the pitch.
Speaking to Swiss newspaper, Blick, via Sky Sports, Schar said that his head and neck was in severe pain after the match, which was the reason of him not remembering what happened in the match.
This should spell major warning signs to the player and Newcastle United as a club due to the severe consequences of worrying head injuries. Obviously, Schar has been a stalwart in the Magpies’ defensive structure this season and has been an important figure in the club’s turnaround in their season.
Manager Rafa Benitez will now start to worry a bit about his defensive problems after captain Jamaal Lascelles also suffered a knee injury not too long ago against Everton at St James’s Park.
Schar’s injury, though, is much more serious and it is unclear how long the 27-year-old will be sidelined for. Indeed, head injuries and concussions usually take some time to heal in a person’s body, meaning it is highly unlikely that he would be part of the squad that travels to Arsenal next week Monday.
The risks outweigh the gains. The Magpies are pretty much safe from the drop and one area of Benitez’s squad that’s pretty much set at the moment is their central defence.
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