Tuesday 17 October 2017

Concussion victim Conlon admits 'I have no memory of Cork match'

John Conlon's blood pressure soared to dangerous levels
John Conlon's blood pressure soared to dangerous levels
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Clare hurler John Conlon has told how his blood pressure soared to dangerous levels after he sustained concussion in the early stages of their Munster semi-final defeat to Cork last month.

Conlon has revealed that his blood pressure soared to a level in excess of 200, causing serious concern among Clare's medical team at the time.

The incident enraged Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald, who claimed that officials had seen it when it happened but had taken no action.

Conlon admits he has no memory of the game and was put out of action for 10 days.

"It happened about five minutes in. I got a bang in the head and I don't remember any of the game," he confirmed.

"I had to go to hospital because my blood pressure went up over 200. But thankfully I was fine. I was 10 days out of action but I came around quickly after the game.

Realised

"I think they finally realised (there was something wrong) after about 18 or 20 minutes when I asked which way I was playing."

Conlon was vaguely critical that play was not stopped at the time so that he could be properly assessed, a theme that has been discussed in the wake of last Saturday evening's All-Ireland qualifier between Clare and Wexford when full-back Tomas Waters suffered a suspected cruciate ligament injury but play carried on, with Clare spinning over two crucial points.

"Maybe if I was given a chance (to be assessed) when the incident occured. Play went on, the free was taken straight away. If I'd got that second to assess me thoroughly they could have got me off the field."

Conlon accepts that Clare have been most inconsistent this summer and that last Saturday's performance was below the standards they have set for themselves.

"It's been a topsy-turvey year. We let ourselves down the last day; we went to sleep again."

"There is a good rivalry there however between ourselves and Galway and we're looking forward to it," Conlon said.

Meanwhile Cork's midfielder Lorcan McLoughlin is calling for "common sense" to prevail as Cork seek a hearing for Patrick Horgan after his red card in Sunday's Munster hurling final against Limerick. "I just hope once Patrick Horgan's red card is reviewed that common sense is used. You'd hate to see a hurler of his quality miss out on such an important game as Kilkenny.

"He couldn't believe it, you know. And I think that was the feeling right throughout the team. We couldn't believe that he was sent off.

"And even watching it back you can see there was no intent in the strike. Okay, you can say the referee was technically right, but I thought it was an outrageous call."

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