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Should Javier Mascherano be free to play on after reacting to a head injury like this?

The Argentina midfielder collapsed to the turf after a clash of heads.

SAY WHAT YOU like about Javier Mascherano, but the Argentina midfielder is rarely a man to feign injury.

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2014 - Semi Final - Netherlands v Argentina - Arena de Sao Paulo Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Barcelona midfielder clashed heads in an aerial challenge in the first half of tonight’s World Cup semi-final.

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But despite tumbling to the ground soon after contact, he was free to play after brief treatment.

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2014 - Semi Final - Netherlands v Argentina - Arena de Sao Paulo Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

The issue of concussion awareness has been raised already in this World Cup after Uruguay’s Alvaro Pereira took a knee to the head in the group stage win over England. Despite looking unable to maintain his balance, Pereira was soon back in the fray making tackles.

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