Um, Shouldn’t You Be A Bit More Concerned?

12 Aug

So, we all know how Nando got a slight concussion on Wednesday, right? Well, check out this report from Reuters and the comments from Villas-Boas that I bolded.

Torres available to spearhead Chelsea attack
Reuters – 1 hours ago

LONDON – Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is fit to lead the line for their new manager Andre Villas-Boas when the Portuguese makes his Premier League debut in the dugout at Stoke City in Sunday’s early kick-off.

The 33-year-old coach, who joined the club in June after Chelsea paid 15 million euros to trigger an escape clause in his Porto contract, has yet to decide on his starting lineup.

However, he clearly plans to provide the attacking football craved by the club’s Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich with Torres and Didier Drogba both likely to play.

“Maybe also [Nicolas] Anelka,’ Villas-Boas told reporters at the club’s training ground where he said Torres, who came off with mild concussion after just 14 minutes of Spain’s midweek friendly defeat by Italy, is expected to be available.

“[Daniel] Sturridge is the one suspended from last season but a couple of forwards are threatening for that position.

“We are favouring a 4-3-3 formation in our beginning, that’s what we have been playing in pre-season, and we have a couple of players threatening for that central striker’s position.


“Torres should be OK to be selected for the team travelling up to Stoke,” Villas-Boas said.

“Yesterday he still couldn’t remember a couple of things from the game and from before the game [against Italy] but he was back in training today and is up for selection for the squad,” he added.

Villas-Boas, a scout for Chelsea under former manager and compatriot Jose Mourinho from 2004 to 2007, steered Porto to a treble of Portuguese league, cup and Europa League trophies last season but played down his status in England.

“I doubt I am the high-profile manager of the Premier League,’ said the youngest coach in the top flight. “There are extremely successful managers in this league. I respect them a lot and hopefully I can bring myself up to these standards.

“We [Chelsea] guide ourselves with the highest standards possible, looking for excellence and looking to win back a title that escaped us last season.”

Chelsea were runners-up to Manchester United in the title race finishing nine points adrift of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team and Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti paid the price with his job. Villas-Boas is determined not to face the same fate.

“We will do everything in our power to win it [the title] back,” he said. “We have had a good pre-season and everybody is feeling already excited to come back to competitive games. Hopefully this first challenge [against Stoke] is important.”

Okay, I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV but I had a concussion last year and the last thing I was supposed to do was heavy physical exertion a few days later. The fact that he’s still having trouble remembering stuff from the game (and prior) is rather worrying. Shouldn’t they err on the side of caution here? Head injuries are nothing to screw around with. It just made me very concerned to read this. DO NOT BREAK NANDO!

10 Responses to “Um, Shouldn’t You Be A Bit More Concerned?”

  1. notoriousjk August 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    also let’s consider the fact that as a father he needs to be there for his kids, that’s more important than playing in a game, so he needs to be okay for them

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

      Exactly. I don’t give a shit that they paid 50 million for them. He shouldn’t be playing for awhile.

  2. Kristine August 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Holy crap! What are they thinking? I hope they do the right thing.

  3. shiggers August 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Um, he doesn’t have to remember his name as long as he remembers Sergio? Yeah, mildly worrying.

    • jellyace August 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

      So that’s why he has his family’s names tattooed all over his body! Sorry, bad joke but I couldn’t resist.

      He really should be rested. He hasn’t been the same since the World Cup.

      I found this link on Kickette and have bookmarked it as a happy place to remind me of Extra-Strength Nando:

  4. Andrea August 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    No need to be nervous…he’s just missing chunks of time from the past couple of days. As long as he can put one foot in front of the other and play football, he’s fine!

    Boy, I’m not sure who I’m worried about most – concussed Freckles, the Chelsea starting 11, or this coach who obviously needs some PR (or medical) training.

  5. I give up August 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    He’s included in the traveling squad, hopefully CFC WILL DO THE RIGHT THING and Torres won’t be included in the first 17 on Sunday.

    Playing him 4 days after a concussion where he lost his hearing and bits of memory is really, really stupid. Epically so for a huge club like Chelsea. Surely they can sit him down for one measly game.

    There are long term complications for repeated head injuries. It’s not just a matter of severity but the fact that the injury isn’t given time to heal. A concussion is trauma to your brain, for crying out loud. It’s nothing to mess around with. It took me around 7-10 days to recover each time from my last two concussions. And honestly, I still haven’t felt right since. I took one day off work for the first concussion and then flew across the USA four times for business and a wedding all within 5 days of the accident. That was very stupid and looking back, I should have canceled my business trip and stayed home.

    What happens if he’s a knock in the game? I’m going to give CFC the benefit of the doubt and say Torres will travel but will not play.

  6. mygypsyspirit August 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    I am with the majority here. He should be rested if it’s serious. But just because he doesn’t remember parts of the game doesn’t mean it’s still serious. He may never get those bits back.
    With that said… It also wouldn’t surprise me if Abramovic isn’t pushing to have his “star” striker ready for the weekend. And what Russian mob – I mean boss – man wants, he gets….

  7. PMom_GA August 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    Totally TIC here:

    “Okay, I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV…”

    See, you should have stayed at a Holiday Inn on your RM trek!


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