World Cup 2022: Saudi Arabia defender Yasser Al-Shahrani has surgery after horror collision in Argentina upset

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audi Arabia defender Yasser Al-Shahrani has undergone successful surgery, following his horror collision during Tuesday’s historic victory over Argentina.

Al-Shahrani was left unconscious after being clattered by goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais in stoppage time, as the Saudis clung onto their 2-1 lead, and eventually left the pitch on a stretcher.

The 30-year-old was flown home to a hospital in Riyadh yesterday morning, having reportedly suffered a fractured jaw, broken facial bones and internal bleeding.

“Yasser underwent a successful surgery in the pancreatic gland at the National Guard Hospital in Riyadh,” the Saudi Federation said on social media.

Sickening collision: Yasser Al-Shahrani was clattered by goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais in Saudi Arabia’s win over Argentina

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The defender later posted a message to fans, 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.”

Al-Shahrani has not yet been formally ruled out of the World Cup, but it would seem inevitable his tournament is over.

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Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo during training

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England’s Bukayo Saka in action with Iran’s Ali Karimi and Milad Mohammadi

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Saudi Arabia’s Salem Al-Dawsari scores their second goal past Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez

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Wales’ Gareth Bale celebrates scoring their equaliser v USA

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A Cameroon fan waits for the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group G l match v Switzerland

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Saudi Arabia’s Salem Al-Dawsari celebrates scoring their second goal v Argentina

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Argentina Lionel Messi shows dejection during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match v Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium

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England’s Jack Grealish celebrates for Finlay Fisher after scoring their team’s sixth goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match v Iran at Khalifa International Stadium

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Alex Scott wears the One Love armband

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Saudi Arabia’s goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais hits Saudi Arabia’s defender Yasser Al-Shahrani in the head during their Qatar 2022 World Cup Group C match v Argentina at the Lusail Stadium

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Saudi Arabia’s goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais hits Saudi Arabia’s defender Yasser Al-Shahrani in the head during their Qatar 2022 World Cup Group C match v Argentina at the Lusail Stadium

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Saudi Arabia fans celebrates after their sides second goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match v Argentina at Lusail Stadium

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David Beckham in the stands for England v Iran

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England’s Declan Rice and Harry Maguire take the knee v Iran

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Japan’s Takuma Asano scores is side second goal during the World Cup group E soccer match v Germany at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar

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Senegal’s fans wait for the start of the World Cup group A soccer match between Senegal and Netherlands at the Al Thumama Stadium

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France’s Olivier Giroud shoots at goal v Australia

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Dani Olmo of Spain scores their team’s first goal past Keylor Navas of Costa Rica during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Spain and Costa Rica at Al Thumama Stadium

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Alejandro Gomez of Argentina is challenged by Salem Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium

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The Saudis return to Group C action against Poland on Saturday, where another victory would see them qualify for the knockout stages with a game to spare.
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