Roy against Scharner call-up
Roy Hodgson says Austria should not call up Paul Scharner to the national side after he suffered concussion.
Last Updated: 20/03/11 2:13pm
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson believes the Austrian FA should not call up defender Paul Scharner for international duty after he suffered concussion on Saturday.
The 31-year-old had to come off at half-time against Arsenal at The Hawthorns after suffering a blow to the head.
And Baggies boss Hodgson feels it would be irresponsible of the Austria national side to call him up for their Euro 2012 qualifier against Belgium in Vienna on Friday.
"I don't think he should and I don't think the Austrian FA should demand that he does," said Hodgson.
"I think they should be more concerned that he recovers from concussion.
"My gut feeling is that you don't mess around with concussion - bangs on the head are not to be toyed with."
Hodgson feels his side did well to secure a crucial point against Arsenal after Scharner's injury, while Baggies captain Chris Brunt had been suffering with a fever in the build-up and James Morrison received stitches for a head wound in the first half.
He said: "The players were working very hard to try to give the team a good defensive shape, to keep Arsenal in front of us and make life difficult for them.
"I think we were hampered by Scharner's concussion and to some extent by what happened to Morrison, who did perfectly okay but it is incredible he did so well with the gash he has in his forehead.
"Then Brunt was another one - he was lying in bed sick on Friday with a very high fever.
"In my opinion, he wasn't going to play but I was astounded when I got to the training ground on Saturday morning and he was declared fit to play.
"I didn't for one minute think he could give me 90 minutes, and yet he did.
"All those things considered, I think it was a remarkable effort from the players against a top-class team, to take them so close to a defeat.
"Unfortunately we couldn't go all the way."