By date 1 of Six nations, on Ireland’s visit to Principality from Cardiff, the opening of the Clover Jonny sexton he had to be replaced in the second half by a blow to the head. Now, without knowing his current state, two neurosurgeons warn of the danger of playing again next Sunday against France.
Two French neurosurgeons who specialize in concussion injuries have warned Ireland’s captain Johnny Sexton of the risks of returning so soon after his last head injury.
Sexton was forced off the field at the end of Ireland’s Six Nations loss to Wales after hitting his head with the knee of Justin Tipuric and his status for this weekend is currently unknown.
But two doctors, including one who treated and kept Sexton inactive for 12 weeks in 2014, put cold packs on the 10th return.
Dr. Jean-François Chermann, a concussion specialist, has stated that players like Sexton, who have a history of concussions, must be fully aware of the possible long-term effects on their brain.
Jean Chazal, another highly respected French neurosurgeon and concussion specialist, agreed with Dr. Chermann’s statement and also admits he is concerned about Sexton’s health, should he play France again this Sunday.
We will have to wait for the official medical report of Ireland and what is the situation of Sexton. Everything would indicate that he will not be in the duel for the second date of the Six Nations, on Sunday at 11.50 on ESPN Extra.