Heart checks needed, says Brighton’s Gold­son

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Brighton de­fender Connor Gold­son says clubs should carry out more checks on play­ers in a bid to de­tect po­ten­tial heart prob­lems. Gold­son, 24, has not played com­pet­i­tively since Jan­uary af­ter the dis­cov­ery of a swollen aorta. For­mer Newcastle mid­fielder Che­ick Tiote died in June af­ter col­laps­ing while train­ing in China, and his fel­low Ivo­rian Eu­gene Kouame died ear­lier this month af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack. “You look at Tiote. You never know what can hap­pen. Two play­ers in the last few months is way too many,” Gold­son told the Times yes­ter­day. “Foot­ball needs to do some­thing. Ev­ery club needs to check at least once a year. Un­for­tu­nately play­ers don’t get the scans. “I never felt a thing. If my lit­tle story can make other clubs think they need to do a test, hope­fully it can save other play­ers.” Gold­son’s prob­lem, which was dis­cov­ered dur­ing rou­tine screen­ing by the club, meant he missed the clos­ing stages of the Cham­pi­onship cam­paign as Chris Hughton’s side re­turned to the top-flight for the first time since 1983. —AFP

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