Saudi Arabia defender Yasser Al-Shahrani has emergency surgery following horror collision with his own goalkeeper in World Cup win over Argentina… and later posts message insisting ‘my health is good’
Saudi Arabia defender Yasser Al-Shahrani underwent emergency surgery after his horror collision during the 2-1 victory over Argentina on Tuesday.
Al-Shahrani fell to the ground after colliding with goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais in stoppage time and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.
Accoring to reports in Qatar said he suffered a fractured jaw, broken facial bones and internal bleeding.
Saudi Arabia’s Yasser Al-Shahrani underwent emergency surgery after his horror collision
‘Yasser Al-Shahrani underwent a successful surgery in the pancreatic gland at the National Guard Hospital in Riyadh,’ the Saudi Federation said on social media.
Al Shahrani later sent a message to reassure his fans of his health.
Al-Shahrani published a video clip broadcast on the Saudi national team’s page on Twitter, said: ‘I wanted to assure you that my health is good, your prayers are for me, and the fans of the Saudi national team deserve to win.’
He is not expected to play again at the World Cup.
Al-Shahrani, 30, was left unconscious after colliding with Alowais’ knee while challenging for the ball.
Saudi Arabia keeper Mohammed Alowais caught defender Yasser Al-Shahrani with a knee
He was able to regain consiciousness and offer a thumbs up to the crowd as he was carried off.
The collision happened five minutes into eight of additional stoppage time when a long ball was played into the Saudi Arabian box.
Argentina full-back Nahuel Molina jumped up to get a header on the ball only for Alowais to punch the ball clear and catch his team-mate who was in the middle of the pair.
Al-Shahrani initially stood up before he was stretchered off the pitch looking in pain though he did give a thumbs up as he was taken off towards the end of their stunning win over Argentina
It was a heavy landing and there was no way that the Saudi defender could continue.
Saudi Arabia were clinging onto the lead which they had stunningly claimed in the second-half.
Lionel Messi had opened the scoring from the penalty spot after ten minutes before Argentina had three goals disallowed for offside.
Team-mates check over Al-Shahrani who appeared dazed and was bleeding from the nose
Saudi Arabia held on to take a famous and stunning 2-1 victory over much-fancied Argentina