Suspected concussion to keep Potts in hospital, confirms Allardyce

The 18-year-old full-back clashed heads with Bacary Sagna during West Ham's 5-1 defeat on Wednesday, and his manager is hopeful the situation is not too serious

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that full-back Dan Potts will be kept in hospital overnight as a precaution after suffering from what is believed to have been concussion.

The injury capped a miserable evening for the Hammers as they suffered a 5-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates, despite taking a first-half lead.

Potts, 18, was involved in a clash of heads in the second half and it is believed was knocked out immediately before crashing to the floor, and although he did speak to medical staff, the youngster’s answers did not make sense.

“Hopefully it is concussion and nothing more than that," Allardyce told reporters. "He had not regained consciousness by the time he was stretched off.

"The clash of heads initially knocked him out and he hit the floor as a dead weight and I think that is what the problem was.

"He hadn't spoken when he came off the field. He spoke about some things that they asked him on the pitch but they were not the correct answers so that is how we knew he was concussed. He was communicating but was obviously confused.

"He is in observation tonight but you don't know with these things, only X-rays will tell if anything else is wrong, but hopefully it is just concussion.

"We will do everything in our power to make sure he has a quick recovery."