Saudi Arabia defender Yasser Al-Shahrani underwent successful pancreatic surgery on Wednesday after colliding during his team’s World Cup win over Argentina, the national team said.
Medical tests in Doha revealed that Al-Shahrani is in a “stable condition” after “suffering a heavy impact to the head, chest and abdomen,” according to a statement posted on the team’s Twitter account.
He was then “taken by medical evacuation to the National Guard Hospital in Riyadh” for the operation.
A follow-up statement on Wednesday night said the operation was “successfully” completed.
Al-Shahrani collided with Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais in stoppage time late in the match against Argentina in the Green Falcons’ 2-1 victory.
Al-Owais’ left knee connected with Al-Shahrani’s face.
“I want to assure you that I’m fine, pray for me and congratulations on winning,” Al-Shahrani said from his hospital bed in a video clip posted on social media.
Saudi Arabia were powered to victory by a stunning goal from Salem Al-Dawsari, and Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten run came to a screeching halt.
The Saudis’ next match is against Poland on Saturday.
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