Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic apologised to club doctor Paul Catterson after trying to return to the pitch despite suffering a head injury.
The 21-year-old was knocked unconscious after scoring the Magpies’ equaliser in their 1-1 English Premier League derby draw against Sunderland on Sunday.
He was desperate to return to the pitch as Newcastle pressed for a last-gasp winner, and had to be physically restrained by doctor Catterson as he followed the Premier League protocol, as well as manager Rafa Benitez.
“I didn’t know what the procedure was. I didn’t know the rules,” the Serbia international told Serbian newspaper Blic.
“I apologised to the doctor after the game because I knew I had to come off after being knocked unconscious for a few seconds. I’ve been through the examinations, my head is fine.”
Mitrovic’s towering header against the Black Cats earned Newcastle a point and the striker’s sixth goal of the season, prompting Benitez to suggest he could be the man to help the club out of relegation if the gets the right service and support.