Saudi Arabia defender Yasser Al-Shahrani has undergone successful emergency surgery after suffering a broken jaw during a sickening collision with goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais in his nation’s historic 2-1 triumph over Argentina.
There were immediate concerns for the player’s safety after he was seemingly knocked out cold following the unfortunate clash which has now ruled him out of the rest of the tournament in devastating fashion.
Saudi Arabia were defending for their lives as Argentina pushed for an equaliser as Herve Renard’s side put their bodies on the line for their country.
But as a cross was lifted into the box, goalkeeper Al-Owais came to collect the ball and did not see his defender as his knee smashed into Al-Shahrani’s jaw.
The Al-Hilal star was flown back to his homeland and has since undergone a successful procedure on Wednesday afternoon, as per the Saudi Federation.
“Yasser Al-Shahrani underwent a successful surgery in the pancreatic gland at the National Guard Hospital in Riyadh,” they said on social media.