Worrying News For Wales & Scotland As Leigh Halfpenny Forced To See Specialist
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Wales and Scarlets fullback Leigh Halfpenny has been forced to seek specialist help as he continues to suffer from concussion problems following a controversial tackle by Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi.
Halfpenny was on the receiving end of a high and very late hit from Kerevi, but referee Ben O’Keefe decided it wasn’t “intentional” and allowed the Wallaby international to escape without punishment, much to the dismay of former Wales captain Sam Warburton.
“I was angry because I thought if we wanted to make it clearer and obvious what we do moving forward is that anything shoulder to the head should be a penalty offence or more.” Sam Warburton said after the game.
He was selected for the Scarlets against Cardiff Blues last weekend but was a late withdrawal after suffering headaches, and has not played since that Australia game in November.
“He is seeing a specialist and that will hopefully give us an accurate time-frame for him in terms of coming back to play,” Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac told Sky.
“We will know more next week, hopefully.”
“It has been about eight weeks now so we want to get some reassurance that we are doing the right things and make sure we stay on track.”
“Leigh is very frustrated. You can see a leg injury, these things are easy to deal with, you can see a finish line. Muscles take this amount of time to heal, broken bones take that amount of time.
“But you don’t know as much about the head injuries that occur. It is frustrating for all concerned, more so for Leigh.”
Asked if Halfpenny could be stood down from playing for an extended period, Pivac added:
“That is for the specialist and our medical team to make that call.”