Socceroo Tommy Oar had a shocker on his Ipswich home debut but manager Mick McCarthy has revealed it was down to an undiagnosed concussion.
McCarthy said Oar “didn’t play well” in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Huddersfield and was hauled off at half time.
It was later revealed the 23-year-old Australian suffered concussion following a collision with Huddersfield goalkeeper Jed Steer which affected his performance.
McCarthy confirmed on Monday that Oar would miss his side’s Championship clash with Hull City on Wednesday morning (Australian time) due to the injury.
“Tommy’s going to miss out,” McCarthy said.
“He was concussed on Saturday and strange as it might be, I’ve watched the game back, and he must have headed five or six balls while he’d had that.
“He got a nose bleed and it was from the impact, he didn’t get any impact on his nose, it was from the impact on his head. I felt for him.”
McCarthy said that he and his coaching staff weren’t aware of Oar’s condition, which explained his ordinary display.
“I didn’t know that when I took him off,” he said. “I knew he’d been affected by the ‘collision’. It was a nasty bang.”
He added: “He didn’t play well but neither would anybody else if they were concussed.
“He quite clearly didn’t have double vision as he would have said something to us, but it really did affect him.
“He got a right smack in the hooter and as it turned out it quite clearly affected his performance.”
Oar only joined Ipswich in late August and was making just his second appearance for his new club.
The 23-year-old debuted almost a month ago in the Capital One Cup away to Manchester United.
He was on the Ipswich bench against Blackburn prior to the international break, in a sign he was pushing his first-team case.comments