Aston Villa suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park and their January signing Lovre Kalinic was taken off the pitch after the first half on Saturday.
Early in the game, the Croatia international collided with Jay Rodriguez and required treatment. He was cleared to continue, but the goalkeeper couldn’t play for more than the first 45 minutes.
The Championship side’s manager Dean Smith admitted that he was forced to take off the shot stopper since he “suffered a bit of dizziness”, while he explain that his injury should not be serious.
According to Hrvatski Nogometni Savez (HNS) [Croatia’s Football Federation], Kalinic has not suffered a “serious injury” after he underwent necessary medical checks.
“Representative goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic did not suffer serious head injuries on Saturday in the league match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion,” a statement reads.
“In Saturday’s match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion (0: 2), Lovre Kalinić Lovre Kalinic suffered a blow to the head was replaced in the 46th minute.”
“The Croatian goalkeeper then performed the necessary medical examinations that found that there were no serious consequences and should return to regular training in a few days.”
Kalinic was replaced by Jed Steer in the second half, but the damage had already been done for Aston Villa as Hal Robson-Kanu and Rodriguez scored two goals in the space of four minutes just before the break.