Keane taken to hospital with serious-looking head injury

Saturday, 25 August, 2018 29comments  |  Jump to last
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Michael Keane was taken a local south coast hospital this afternoon after being stretchered off at the end of Everton's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

The defender suffered a heavy clash of heads with team-mate Idrissa Gueye as the players went up to defend a cross, leaving the former Burnley defender flat out on the turf as medical personnel were rushed onto the pitch to treat him.

Keane was eventually loaded onto a stretcher with his neck braced and an oxygen bag over his mouth before being taken away from Vitality Stadium by ambulance.

No update has been given regarding his condition but manager Marco Silva's comments seemed to suggest that he was at least conscious.

“He went to the hospital," Silva said. "In that moment he seemed a little bit better but we will see”.  

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Gaute Lie
1 Posted 25/08/2018 at 18:45:13
Head injuries are always serious, even just a concussiun.

Hope he will be ok. He will be out for at least a month.

Today he had a good game, got on the scoresheet as well. He will propably not remember the game but I thought he looked Sharp so now he'll be missed.

Gavin Johnson
2 Posted 25/08/2018 at 18:49:19
I've been impressed with Keane this season. His forms actually been pretty good since towards the end of last season but he's still a whipping boy for many. I hope this injury doesn't keep him out for long and he'll be vying for 1st team action soon.
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 25/08/2018 at 19:47:17
Poor lad. Just as he was starting to show some good form, this happens. I hope he's okay and back after the international break.
Marcus Leigh
4 Posted 25/08/2018 at 20:05:09
Let's hope this isn't as bad as it looked — he was out cold before he hit the turf. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery, Michael.
Anthony Murphy
5 Posted 25/08/2018 at 21:15:20
We’ve had some shit luck already this season...
David Pearl
6 Posted 25/08/2018 at 22:20:41
Nice to see support shown from the Bournemouth fans, you don't always see that. He did seem to be growing in stature recently. We seem to have options all over the pitch now. Zouma and Holgate it is for the next Premier League game.
Laurie Hartley
7 Posted 25/08/2018 at 22:30:42
I hope this is not serious. Very concerning when there is a clash of heads. Let's hope for some good news for the lad today.
Kase Chow
8 Posted 25/08/2018 at 22:54:53
Fingers crossed he's well.
Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 25/08/2018 at 22:58:21
Anthony, this isn't about our shit luck. It's about Keane's. Perspective please.
Steve Ferns
10 Posted 25/08/2018 at 23:32:25
Speedy recovery Keane. You should have been toasting your goal tonight.
Si Cooper
11 Posted 25/08/2018 at 23:43:06
Looked serious. Surprised there hasn’t been any news yet. Hopefully that is because it’s not so bad and he will be fully recovered very soon.
Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 26/08/2018 at 00:33:25
Hope he is okay. Always a worry with head injuries as poor Ryan Mason shows.
Ernie Baywood
13 Posted 26/08/2018 at 02:43:22
The level of care the players get is first rate nowadays. They don't take any chances with head injuries so let's hope the intensive nature of the treatment was more precautionary.

He was pretty clearly out cold initially but was moving before he was loaded onto the stretcher. Marco's comments give some hope that he was on the improve afterwards.

I think concussion is a two week minimum from memory? That's my recollection of when Amo hit the post in Europe. I was in the Park End that night and I've never known such an eerie silence at Goodison as that.

Jamie Crowley
14 Posted 26/08/2018 at 02:57:18
I stated on another thread my well-wishes for Keane. I hope the kid is ok. That was one hell of a collision.

Someone mentioned the respect from the Bournemouth fans, and then another comment regarding the silence in the ground for another injury occurrence.

I have to say, I've never seen such respectful fans as the British.

When a man is seriously injured, the ground is so silent you could hear a pin drop.

When the English observe a minute's silence, it's SO quiet some dude passing wind in one of the upper sections would be hushed by the masses.

Your (you English / British / Irish / Scottish) respect towards the game, the players, and commemorations is absolutely soul-lifting wonderful. It's something to be proud of. It shows real class.

Bob Parrington
15 Posted 26/08/2018 at 02:59:12
May the Force be with you, Michael, for a full and speedy recovery.
Martin Berry
16 Posted 26/08/2018 at 08:30:21
Jamie 14 #
Well said Pal
Drew O'Neall
17 Posted 26/08/2018 at 11:29:24
Just when Keane has started attacking the ball..

The intent to win and clear that ball out (and Gana) was what we’ve been missing for a while and I hope he retains it when he comes back from a freak collision.

Best wishes Michael.

Jeff Spiers
18 Posted 26/08/2018 at 11:51:18
Have just gone on Sky Sports, pressed teams column Everton and got fuckin' image of Mo Salah??? Words fail me.
Rob Halligan
19 Posted 26/08/2018 at 12:08:08
The OS are saying Keane has a small hairline fracture of the skull. He won't be able to head a ball for between 3-4 weeks, and then can resume full training. I think it could be at least 8 weeks before he's ready to return.
Ray Roche
20 Posted 26/08/2018 at 12:21:53
Jay @14

Very nice sentiments, Jay. Don't forget the Welsh, they're very touchy. 😉

Alan McGuffog
21 Posted 26/08/2018 at 12:25:42
And the next time some barroom blowhard who played a game of rugby once and who bangs on about how manly rugby players are compared to sissy footballers, remind him of this.

Best wishes, Michael.

Tom Bowers
22 Posted 26/08/2018 at 12:37:28
What a start to the season. Unbeaten, 2 sent off, 2 leads blown, Schneiderlin out, and now this bad injury to Keane.

Now we can see the power of having a stronger squad in depth — the additions of Mina and Zouma look like masterstrokes in hindsight.

It's early days but hang on to your hats, it's gonna be a bumpy ride!

Rob Halligan
23 Posted 26/08/2018 at 12:42:18
Tom, when you think about it, we have only played three games, but we have in effect played one full game with only ten men. To me it shows the players are really fighting the cause and are prepared to battle for each other.
Colin Glassar
24 Posted 26/08/2018 at 12:43:37
Hairline skull fracture. Isn’t that what Cech had/has? Could be career threatening if so.
Amit Vithlani
25 Posted 26/08/2018 at 12:51:03
Goodness sounds serious. Hope the lad makes a full recovery.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
26 Posted 26/08/2018 at 12:57:43
Interesting question for the refs out there.

Petr Cech plays with a head protector. Can an outfield player also play with one? Or is that deemed an unfair advantage?

Rob Halligan
27 Posted 26/08/2018 at 13:03:57
Phil, didn't Dixie Dean have a metal plate inserted into his skull after suffering a fractured skull? Rumour was he could score a goal from the halfway line (only in training, mind) so I don't think Keane wearing any kind of protection would be seen as gaining some kind of advantage.
Mark Tanton
28 Posted 26/08/2018 at 13:13:47
I think it’s what Ryan Mason had. Poor bloke.
Jay Wood

29 Posted 26/08/2018 at 13:21:27
Poor lad! Harline skull fracture confirmed by Keane himself, which he says 'will heal itself'.

Potentially, does anyone know the implications for a centre-back who needs to put his head on the ball with other players also competing for possession?

Some have already referenced Cech and Mason (the latter had to give up the game, didn't he?).

Of course, psychologically, it can also play on his mind and his ability to go in full-blooded for aerial balls.

Here's hoping for a full recovery and that he allays any nagging fears.

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