Alavés midfielder Hernán Pérez was admitted to hospital on Saturday after the match against Real Madrid in the Bernabéu despite playing the full 90 minutes.
The Paraguay international was on a stretcher as early as the 10th minute after a collision with Theo Hernández that left him dazed, the Real defender’s knee involuntarily hitting Pérez’s head in a 50-50 challenge.
However, Pérez pulled himself up just as he was about to carried off and continued for the rest of the game, putting in a stellar performance on the Alavés right and almost beating Keylor Navas with a low shot on the break in the first half.
Laguardia: "We take risks"
It was decided to keep Pérez in overnight for observation as is protocol when a player has suffered a knock to the head.
Speaking after the game about his teammate’s determination, Víctor Laguardia noted: “We’re pretty stubborn and we never want to leave the pitch. We take risks and then later when you look back with a cool head you realize what happened.”