Saudi defender Al Shahrani undergoes successful surgery – Soccer News

Saudi defender Yasser Al Shahrani has undergone successful surgery after being involved in a horrific collision with his own goalkeeper during his side’s shock World Cup victory over Argentina.

Al Shahrani was caught in the face and stomach by the knees of Mohammed Al Owais as the Saudi goalkeeper tried to claim a high ball at Lusail Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Al Hilal player, who was capped 73 times for his country, was carried off the field on a stretcher and later flew back to Riyadh for surgery.

Saudi Arabia confirmed on their official Twitter page on Thursday that the operation was successful, but it is not known whether Al Shahrani will play another role in the World Cup.

“Yasser Al Shahrani had successful pancreas surgery yesterday at Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz Medical City at the National Guard Hospital,” the statement said.

“He remains under the full supervision of the national team’s medical staff. The Saudi football family wishes Yasser a speedy recovery.”

Saudi Arabia became the first non-European side to beat Argentina in the World Cup since Cameroon in 1990 with their shock 2-1 victory.

The last three teams to beat Argentina at the World Cup have either won the competition (Germany in 2014 and France in 2018) or reached the final (Croatia in 2018).

Hervé Renard’s side lead Group C before facing Poland on Saturday and Mexico in their last first round match next Wednesday.

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