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Lazio's Hernanes happy to wear protective helmet

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Lazio playmaker Hernanes has insisted he is not concerned at making his comeback in tonight’s game against Napoli with the aid of a protective helmet.

The 27-year-old suffered head trauma after clashing heads with Juventus’ Luca Marrone during Lazio’s Coppa Italia semi-final win last Tuesday.

Hernanes was given numerous stitches and diagnosed with retrograde amnesia, as he does not remember the mid-air collision.

However, after a number of MRI scans, the Brazilian has been given the all-clear to play this evening, provided he wears a Petr Cech-style protective helmet.

Hernanes said: It’s very easy to use and doesn’t annoy me. It is only a provisional thing anyway, as next week I can start playing again without it.

“I am happy to have recovered, as initially it was thought I’d be out for 20-30 days.”

The injury meant that Hernanes had to be replaced by Fluminense midfielder Jean in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil squad who lost 2-1 to England at Wembley.

The Serie A clash at the Stadio Olimpico is scheduled to kick-off at 19:45 this evening.

Source: Football Italia


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