Saudi Arabia’s AlShahrani ‘stable’ after head injury vs Argentina | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

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The Saudi left-back was stretchered off during his side’s win over Argentina after a sickening collision with AlOwais.

Saudi Arabia’s left-back Yasser AlShahrani has undergone medical examinations after suffering a severe head injury during his side’s historic 2-1 World Cup victory over Argentina.

Saudi Arabian Football Federation said in a statement on Tuesday that AlShahrani was subjected to a strong hit to the head, chest and abdomen.

It added that he underwent all the necessary medical examinations but will be kept under observation. It also confirmed that his condition is stable.

Reports were circulating on social media that the player had needed facial surgery and had been transferred to medical facilities in Germany. Al Jazeera has been unable to confirm these reports.

Saudi Arabia’s AlShahrani lying motionless during Argentina v Saudi Arabia match [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

AlShahrani was injured following a collision with Saudi’s goalkeeper Mohammed AlOwais’ knee during the second-half stoppage time at the Lusail Stadium. AlOwais was seen dropping to his knees in shock over the incident.

AlShahrani initially tried to get to his feet but looked dazed as blood streamed from his nose. He was later stretchered off after a lengthy delay.

The 30-year-old Al-Hilal player had given a heroic performance and largely kept the star-studded Argentinian team from producing any real chances in the second half.

The match will go down as one of the biggest upsets in international football as Saudi Arabia became the first Asian team to beat Argentina at a World Cup.

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Saudi fans celebrate after their team’s win 2-1 against Argentina at Lusail stadium, World Cup 2022. November 22, Doha, Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]


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