Saudi Arabia’s Yasser Al Shahrani undergoes pancreatic surgery as full extent of World Cup hero’s horror injury revealed

Saudi Arabia defender Yasser Al-Shahrani underwent surgery on his pancreas after suffering a scare against Argentina on Tuesday.

The Middle East side caused one of the greatest World Cup shocks ever, as they came from behind to beat the Copa America champions.


Yasser Al-Shahrani was involved in a terrible incident with his bodyguardCredit: Getty
Al-Shahrani was forced off a stretcher in injury time

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Al-Shahrani was forced off a stretcher in injury timeCredit: Alamy
Al-Shahrani was forced to undergo pancreatic surgery after the injury


Al-Shahrani was forced to undergo pancreatic surgery after the injury

But minutes before the end of the match, Al-Shahrani had a nasty incident with his team’s goalkeeper.

Saudi stopper Mohammed Al Owais came out to hit a late cross, and did just that, but unfortunately collided with Al Shahrani and sent him flying.

The 30-year-old fell to the ground and was forced down on a stretcher.

The underdogs managed to hold on and secure a famous victory, but Al-Shahrani suffered a broken jaw, collapsed facial bones, and internal bleeding.

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The Saudi Federation said: “Yasser Al-Shahrani underwent successful surgery in the pancreas gland at the National Guard Hospital in Riyadh.”

Due to the seriousness of the injury, the defender was excluded from the rest of the World Cup matches.

But he was in good spirits when he gave an update on his health on social media.

He said: I want to reassure you about my health, I am better, do not forget to pray for me.

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“Congratulations on winning. Thank you.”

Despite Yasser Al-Shahrani’s injury, Saudi Arabia is still on track to reach the knockout stages for the first time in its history.

A win against Poland on Saturday will secure their place in the last 16.

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