Ben Doak, a Liverpool youngster, was forced to withdraw from Scotland Under-21 duty after receiving a blow to the head
During the international break, Ben Doak was forced to miss Scotland Under-21 duty.
Because of a head injury sustained earlier this month, the Liverpool youngster missed friendlies against Sweden and Wales.
Doak was injured in the Reds’ under-19s’ 1-0 loss to Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Youth League. After collapsing to the ground after a collision of heads, the winger was forced off after only eight minutes.
Doak then missed Liverpool’s under-21s’ 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers due to concussion protocol. According to the Daily Record, he did not connect with Scotland for the same reason.
The 17-year-old will not be able to play again until he receives the all-clear. On Friday night, Liverpool’s under-21s will face Crystal Palace in the Premier League International Cup quarter-finals.
Following Sporting’s defeat, young Reds head coach Barry Lewtas told the club website, “Ben is fine.” He was obviously unable to continue, but our medical staff responded quickly. He was on the pitch with the lads at the end, and we’ll keep an eye on him.”
Doak joined Liverpool last summer from Celtic and has made rapid progress. He has 10 goals and seven assists in 23 appearances at the under-18, under-19, and under-21 levels. That has resulted in five appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side, including two off the bench in the Premier League.