MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 19: Pepe of Real Madrid reacts with his head injured while goalkeeper of Real Madrid Iker Casillas looks on during the La Liga match between Real madrid and Valencia at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 19, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
After spending the night at the hospital with concussion symptoms after a brutal collision with Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, Portuguese defender Pepe has finally been released. After undergoing a battery of precautionary tests--including a CT scan--he will now be in the charge of Real Madrid's medical services.
Real Madrid's chief doctor Carlos Díez explained this decision in the club's latest report on Pepe's status:
Usually, when there's a concussion, we have the player on a 24-hour observation plan, but we also move him to the hospital, where he undergoes some necessary medical tests, which have been negative. He has been taken care of through the night, and everything is fine, so we've decided that he can leave the hospital without any further problems.