In recent years we have learned a lot more about concussions and head injuries. They are injuries that need to be taken seriously. Matt Polster has shown just how much they can affect a player.
Polster sustained a head injury in a game against D.C. United in late September. The midfielder slid in for a tackle and ended up getting clipped in the head by the DC attacker. He instantly went down and it was a scary moment for all involved.
Polster returned to the pitch on October 11th and went on to make 10 more appearances throughout the regular season and playoffs in 2020.
On Thursday, Polster was asked about the concussion and how he is feeling and gave some candid comments on the effect it has had on him.
He said, “I’m feeling a lot better. I appreciate you asking that question. It was a bit scary. I still don’t remember the situation unless I watch it over, which is kind of crazy to me. I haven’t had any, I don’t know what you would really feel with, like, relapses, but I feel great and I feel fit. I’m looking forward to the season and hoping that doesn’t happen again. It was just more of a freak accident, for sure.”
While it’s rather concerning that he still can’t remember the incident, the Revs will be glad to have Polster feeling good. He has the chance to be apart of a quality midfield that is filled with competition.
Also having Polster for the entire season could make a difference in New England’s record. With all the injuries that Bruce Arena and the Revs had to deal with, it took him a while to find his true starting XI.
With Polster and others healthy, fans could see New England get off to a hot start when the 2021 MLS regular season arrives.