SYDNEY FC star Adrian Mierzejewski has eyes on filling the one accomplishment that is missing from his glittering CV, while doctors will utilise new technology when assessing concussions in Russia.
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MIERZEJEWSKI ADMITS WORLD CUP DREAM
He admits it’s probably a long shot but Sydney FC star Adrian Mierzejewski is still harbouring dreams of a World Cup call-up for Poland.
The 31-year-old has lit up the A-League this season, scoring 12 goals and laying on seven assists in 18 games for Graham Arnold’s all-conquering side to shoot into Johnny Warren Medal favouritism.
His hot form is making news back home in Poland, raising the possibility of a return to the international arena for the first time since October 2013. If it happened, he would become just the second player from outside Australia or New Zealand to have been selected for a World Cup while playing for an A-League club.
Dwight Yorke captained Trinidad and Tobago at Germany 2006 after a season with the Sky Blues but nobody has done it since.
Mierzejewski hasn’t always been willing to talk about his World Cup chances – the last time he was asked by Fox Sports, he abruptly responded: “Next question, please.” But speaking to the A-League website, he said a World Cup appearance – one of the few tournaments missing from his resume – was squarely on his mind. “The coach has his team. I think there are maybe two or three spots still open,” Mierzejewski said.
“Maybe I am on the list but this list must be very long.
“I still dream about it. Maybe I will get a chance but realistically I am 31 now and I know maybe it will not come.
“I am happy with my CV – I played in the Champions League, Europa League and European Championships.
“This World Cup would be perfect but let’s see. Not everything depends on me.” Poland have been drawn in a tough Group H alongside Senegal, Colombia and Japan. It is the country’s first World Cup since 2006.
WORLD CUP DOCTORS TO USE VIDEO TO ASSESS CONCUSSIONS
World Cup teams have been told video replays will be extended to their doctors to assist the diagnosis of injuries, including concussions.
FIFA’s top medical official told The Associated Press that a second team doctor will be allowed access to match footage to evaluate injuries in real time to supplement any on-field diagnosis.
It is the latest sign of FIFA embracing technology, with video assistant referees set to make their World Cup debut at the June 14-July 15 tournament in Russia.
FIFA is strengthening procedures to treat head injuries following cases at the 2014 World Cup where players tried to stay on the field after a concussion. Doctors from the 32 finalists in Russia were briefed on the changes at meetings in the Black Sea resort of Sochi by FIFA medical committee chairman Michel D’Hooghe “To help the doctor we have now introduced a system whereby an assistant of the doctor or a second doctor will sit in front of a television screen and can help the doctor in taking his decision,” D’Hooghe told the AP, “because he can review very clearly, very concretely what happened on the field, what the doctor sitting on the bench perhaps could not see.
“This is a supplementary help for the doctor to make his diagnosis and to say if (the player) can go on. This is the first time that we will try it. I am confident that it will certainly be a help for the medical care of our players.” Soccer is emulating professional rugby, which already uses video reviews to check incidents where concussion is suspected.
Team doctors embraced the move to improve player welfare by placing a medic with a monitor in the media tribune.
“It’s called video assistant replay medical,” Egypt team doctor Mohamed Abou Elela Aboud told the AP. “During the game, team physicians are sitting on the flat level … so maybe the impact cannot be seen. It’s much better to see (on replays) because you have very little time to assess and to do the questionnaire and tests regarding the concussion.” This will be the first World Cup where games can be stopped for three minutes to fully assess head injuries.
“In Brazil we had problems in cases of concussion where at a certain moment the doctor asks for the replacement of a player and the player says, ‘No I want to go on,”’ D’Hooghe said.
“So that was a little bit of a chaotic situation. Now we have a new rule, the three-minute rule.” That gives more authority to the doctor to determine the impact of a collision. “After these three minutes the referee only looks at the doctor, he doesn’t look at the player who could have been unconscious,” D’Hooghe said. “In the case of a serious health problem it’s logical the doctor decides.” Medical staff can now also intervene without the say of the referee if they suspect a sudden cardiac arrest.
“When a player collapses without any contact then a doctor can immediately go on the field,” D’Hooghe said. “In that situation the first two minutes are the most important ones. ”
FRANCE STAR INJURED IN LECKIE COLLISION
Socceroos winger Matthew Leckie can’t wait until the World Cup, he’s already sizing up his opponents in club competition!
France star Kingsley Coman was injured in a collision with Leckie in a Bundesliga match between the Aussie’s Herth Berlin outfit and the Frenchman’s Bayern Munich.
The forward could miss the rest of the domestic season after requiring surgery on his ankle following the injury.
“French international Kingsley Coman suffered a rupture of the syndesmosis ligament above the left ankle during Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Hertha Berlin,” Bayern said in a brief statement.
“This resulted in a follow-up on the following day. Already this Monday, Coman was in Tubingen, where Dr Ulrich Stockle operated successfully.
“The 21-year-old will be out for several weeks.”
Coman is now in doubt for the World Cup, in which his France side will take on the Socceroos as well as Peru and Denmark in the group stage.