Cricket Victoria concerned about Will Pucovski's long-term health after latest concussion

Cricket Victoria concerned about Will Pucovski’s long-term health after latest concussion

There are major concerns over Will Pucovski’s long-term health after he suffered yet another concussion, with Cricket Victoria bracing for a serious discussion with the one-Test batter later this week.
 
Their general manager of performance Shaun Graf told SEN on Monday that Pucovski’s latest concussion was “fairly innocuous” after a volleyball “scraped his face”, but it caused him many traditional concussion symptoms including a headache and nausea when he took the field on the fourth morning of Victoria’s Sheffield Shield match against South Australia.
 
Pucovski, 24, suffered his 11th career concussion during a pre-warm-up soccer/volleyball game on Saturday, and was omitted from squad and flown home to Melbourne. He had scored a half-century in the first innings on day two. It was his first first-class match since his Test debut in January 2020.
 
Medical staff were already concerned about Pucovski prior to this incident after he was forced to sit out three months of cricket late last year following a concussion he suffered while facing throwdowns in the nets in October.
Cricket Victoria manager addresses Pucovski’s health concerns
“Prior to this, he had discussions with the medical staff and they were starting to get worried, obviously with so many concussions even though they are minor now,” Graf said. “We’re talking with his management. He’s got to talk to his manager, his dad, and work out where he wants to be and then have a chat with us but from a sports point of view, obviously, we’re really worried.
 
“It’s not just in the short-term but the long-term, so they’re all the questions we need to look at. We can’t go ahead and keep on playing, and having to always have someone on standby more or less as a concussion substitute. It does throw the team out as well. So we’ve got to think about how it affects the total structure of our team.
 
“I’m certainly in the camp, I want to give the lad every chance to play; he is such a talent,” Graf said. “But there does come a point in time where you’ve got to realise that maybe this is not the go and you’ve got to have a rest, and really reassess yourself and work out whether or not having some sort of long rest would enable him to get back to full health and then hopefully come back into the game that way.
 
“He’s still very much in the corner that he wants to keep playing, and we’ll support that. However, if the medical advice is contrary to that, we need to have a very hard discussion.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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