Chelsea keeper Courtois says he was not knocked out against Arsenal

Thibaut Coutois

Thibaut Courtois insists he was not unconscious after receiving a blow to the head from Alexis Sanchez.

Last weekend the discussion of concussion in football again reared its head after Thibaut Courtois went down under a challenge from Alexis Sanchez.

Courtois came flying off his line before colliding with the thigh of the Chilean forward - seemingly being briefly knocked out before recovering.

He played on for 13 minutes before leaving the field of play, being replaced by veteran stopper Petr Cech. Chelsea and their medical staff have since been criticised in some quarters since the game for allowing him to play on - especially as he left the field of play not long after.

But Courtois will hear nothing of it.

The Belgian stopper, who featured for his country against Andorra in midweek, says the treatment he received was first-class - and as soon as he expressed discomfort he was withdrawn from action.

He told Sky Sports:

"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 is expected to keep goal for Belgium once again tomorrow night when they take on Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo.

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