Pepe is at home but will not play the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona

Pepe is now resting at his home in Las Rozas after being discharged yesterday morning. Medical tests ruled that the Portuguese central defender has no brain damage, but he suffers a head injury will force him to miss Thursday's first leg of the Super Cup against Barcelona (10:30 pm -CET-).

Pepe on the field after the clash with Casillas
Pepe on the field after the clash with Casillas

The white defender gave a scare to the point he had to be intubated during his stay in the Hospital La Paz. He slept on Sunday night in the ICU sedated and underwent a first CT to study if the brain had been severely affected by the brutal impact against Casillas, which forced him to be substituted against Valencia. The result showed no damage and yesterday morning underwent a second CT scan did not reveal nothing worrisome.

This was explained by the head of Madrid's medical services, Dr. Carlos Diez: "Testing has gone negative. Pepe spent the night under observation and all went very good so we have decided, under the supervision of club medical services, that the player can leave the hospital with no problem".

Pepe left La Paz Hospital at 1:10 pm discreetly to avoid the presence of press and onlookers who were in the emergency room and left the room by the emergency child exit, on the other side of the building. The Portuguese was last night under supervision at his own home (the protocol established for these cases dictates a 24-hour medical observation) and although had improved in the hurts of trauma, the feeling in the club is not to force him to return to play the Spanish Super Cup to be held on Thursday at the Camp Nou. Mourinho said after the match against Valencia: "The Supercup is a game and nothing more. Pepe is more important".

In principle, the player will be already fully fit for the next Sunday's match against Getafe (9:00 pm) and for the second leg of the Super Cup on Wednesday 29 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Meanwhile, his substitue to play with Ramos for the first Classic of the 2012-13 season is already decided and will be Albiol. The Spanish international (recently renewed until 2017) was called by Mourinhoto to replace Pepe for the second half after the injury. The Portuguese coach was finally satisfied with the performance of the former Valencia defender and will give him other opportunity against Barcelona.

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