Concern for concussed keeper

Western United want custodian Filip Kurto to start wearing headgear due to ongoing concussion problems.

Western United coach Mark Rudan is set to force goalkeeper Filip Kurto to don headgear when he returns from his latest bout of concussion.

The Polish gloveman has been ruled out of his side’s clash with Sydney FC on Wednesday night at Jubilee Oval after being forced off with a head knock in United’s 1-0 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday in Ballarat.

It was the fourth concussion Kurto has suffered since the start of his A-League career in 2018.

It’s too many for the liking of Rudan, who was also Kurto’s mentor at Wellington Phoenix.

“Filip’s a very tough character, however you can’t mess with brain-type injuries,” Rudan said.

“We just want to make sure that he is OK. You may well see headgear on Filip going forward.

“He doesn’t want to wear it, but he needs to look after himself first and foremost. He’s had a little baby boy six months ago, he’s got to think about his family and himself.”

Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech wore headgear for several years after being injured in a match 15 years ago.

“It could be a Petr Cech scenario,” Rudan said,

With Kurto out, Ryan Scott, who came on as a replacement on Sunday, will start on Wednesday night.

United are desperate to bounce back from an ordinary performance against the Wanderers, while Sydney want to snap a run of four games without a win.

“We should have been sharper and more intense in everything that we did and for us, we dropped three points there,” Rudan said.

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