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Al-Shahrani Undergoes Surgery, Saudi Arabia Prepare for Match Against Poland

Al-Shahrani Undergoes Surgery, Saudi Arabia Prepare for Match Against Poland

Thursday, 24 November, 2022 - 06:15
Yasser Al-Shahrani collided with Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais in stoppage time. EPA

Saudi Arabia defender Yasser Al-Shahrani underwent successful surgery on his pancreas on Wednesday after a collision during his team's World Cup win over Argentina, the national team said.


Medical examinations conducted in Doha revealed Al-Shahrani to be in a "stable condition,” said a statement.


He was then transferred by medical evacuation to the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh for the operation.


A follow-up statement on Wednesday night said the operation had been completed "with success."


Al-Shahrani collided with Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais in stoppage time at the end of the match against Argentina, which ended in an upset 2-1 victory for the Green Falcons.


Al-Owais's left knee connected squarely with Al-Shahrani's face. 


"I would like to ensure you that I am OK, pray for me and congratulations on winning," Al-Shahrani said in a video clip from his hospital bed posted on social media. 


Saudi Arabia were propelled to victory by a stunning goal from Salem Al-Dawsari, bringing Argentina's 36-match unbeaten run to a shuddering halt.


The Saudis' next match is on Saturday against Poland. 


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