Riyadh: Saudi defender Yasser al-Shahrani was set to undergo surgery yesterday after sustaining injuries in a collision during his team’s shock World Cup win over Argentina, the national team said.
Al-Shahrani was “transferred by medical evacuation to the National Guard Hospital in Riyadh, and he will undergo surgery in the coming hours, according to the treatment plan set by the medical apparatus for him,” said a statement posted on the team’s official Twitter account.
Medical examinations conducted in Hamad Medical City Doha revealed al-Shahrani to be in “stable condition” after “suffering a strong clash in the head, chest and abdomen”, the statement said.
Al-Shahrani collided with Saudi goalkeeper Mohamed al-Owais during stoppage time of the second half during the match against Argentina, which ended in an upset 2-1 victory for the Green Falcons.
Al-Owais’s left knee connected squarely with al-Shahrani’s face.
“I would like to ensure you that I am ok, pray for me and congratulations on winning,” al-Shahrani said in a video clip from his hospital bed posted on social media.
Saudi Arabia were propelled to victory by a stunning goal from Salem al-Dawsari, bringing Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten run to a shuddering halt.
The Saudis’ next match is on Saturday against Poland. (AFP)