Saudi Arabia’s players pay tribute to team-mate Yasser Al-Shahrani by holding up his shirt before World Cup clash with Poland after he underwent emergency surgery following a horror collision with his own keeper in win over Argentina
- Saudi Arabia’s players pay tribute to their team-mate Yasser Al-Shahrani
- The starting XI held up Al-Shahrani shirt before facing Poland in the World Cup
- Al-Shahrani, 30, underwent emergency surgery in Riyadh on Wednesday following a sickening collision with his own goalkeeper
- It was a thunderous collision between the pair which caused concern
- The moment came in Saudi Arabia’s famous 2-1 win over Argentina this week
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Saudi Arabia’s players have paid tribute to their team-mate Yasser Al-Shahrani by holding up his No 13 shirt before their clash with Poland – just days after he underwent emergency facial surgery.
Al-Shahrani underwent the surgery following a sickening collision with his own goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais in Saudi Arabia’s famous 2-1 win over Argentina earlier this week.
Al-Shahrani fell to the ground after colliding with Al-Owais in stoppage time and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher. The defender is said to have suffered a fractured jaw, broken facial bones and internal bleeding.
‘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.
Saudi Arabia’s players have paid tribute to their team-mate Yasser Al-Shahrani by holding up his No 13 shirt before their clash with Poland
The tribute comes days after Al-Shahrani underwent emergency surgery following his horror collision his own goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais
The 30-year-old published a video clip broadcast on the Saudi national team’s page on Twitter, saying: ‘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.
The incident occurred as they defended a heroic 2-1 lead, with Al-Shahrani caught by a sickening flying knee to the head.
It was a thunderous collision and there was immediate concern from keeper Al-Owais, who frantically urged medics to rush onto the pitch and dropped to his knees as he looked distraught over what had happened.
Saudi Arabia keeper Mohammed Al-Owais caught defender Al-Shahrani with a knee
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
Team-mates check over Al-Shahrani who appeared dazed and was bleeding from the nose
There was a delay in the game as medics looked over the Saudi Arabian defender who appeared dazed as he initially tried to get to his feet, with blood also appearing to come from his nose.
However, he was not to fit to walk off by himself and after sitting down, he was then taken off the pitch on a stretcher – though he did give a thumbs up as he was carried away.
The collision happened five minutes into eight of additional stoppage time when a long ball was played into the Saudi Arabian box.
Saudi Arabia held on to take a famous and stunning 2-1 victory over much-fancied Argentina
Argentina full-back Nahuel Molina jumped up to get a header on the ball only for Al-Owais to punch the ball clear and catch his team-mate who was in the middle of the pair.
It was a heavy landing and there was no way that the Saudi defender could continue.
The incident happened just one day after another collision led to a ten-minute delay during England’s clash with Iran.
Iran keeper Alireza Beiranvand and Majid Hosseini clashed heads in their loss to England
Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and team-mate Majid Hosseini clashed heads in the eighth minute of the game as they smashed into each other when trying to clear a Harry Kane cross.
Bizarrely, both players continued, before Beiranvand collapsed again, unable to continue, and had to be substituted in the 18th minute.
He was taken off on a stretcher with hands on his head. He was replaced by deputy goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini.
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