David Luiz left out of Arsenal’s squad to face Rapid Vienna after collision with Raul Jimenez

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David Luiz is set to miss Thursday’s game against Rapid Vienna (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Arsenal defender David Luiz has been left out of his side’s squad to face Rapid Vienna in the Europa League as a precaution following his nasty collision with Wolves striker Raul Jimenez.

The Brazilian defender required medical attention after clashing heads with the Mexican striker but he managed to last until half-time after he cleared concussion protocols with the team doctor.

Luis asked to be substituted at the interval as his bandage was seeping with blood and he was finding it difficult to head the ball.

It’s since been confirmed that Jimenez has had an operation on a fractured skull and the incident has brought the issue of concussion in football to the forefront of the news agenda.

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Jimenez has had an operation on a fractured skull (Picture: Getty)

Though Luiz is not suffering with concussion, Arsenal have confirmed they’ve taken the decision to leave him out of the squad for Thursday’s game as a precaution.

;Immediately after the accident on Sunday, protocols were completed with David, who thankfully maintained consciousness at all times. Stitches were applied to a cut on David’s forehead pitchside, and a bandage was secured on his head to protect the wound,’ a statement on Arsenal’s website read.
 
‘With David showing no signs of concussion, the decision was made for him to continue playing with close monitoring. At half time David was further assessed and it was decided that due to the bleeding and discomfort he was experiencing from the deep cut to his head, that he would be substituted.
 
‘David was visited at home by our club doctor on Monday during the scheduled day off and reported to our training centre on Tuesday. Close care of David’s cut and general monitoring of his wellbeing will continue in the coming days and David continues to be in good health.
 
‘The cut to David’s head will take some days to heal and therefore he will not be available for Thursday’s match. We will continue to closely support and monitor David’s progress.’

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