Hungary Forward Barnabás Varga Faces Surgery After Severe Injury at Euro 2024

Hungary's forward Barnabás Varga sustained a significant facial injury during his team's final group match at the European Championship, likely requiring surgery. After colliding with Scotland's goalkeeper, Varga suffered multiple fractures and a concussion. The game halted for 10 minutes, and his teammates dedicated their narrow victory to him.

PTI | Stuttgart | Updated: 24-06-2024 09:27 IST | Created: 24-06-2024 09:27 IST
Hungary Forward Barnabás Varga Faces Surgery After Severe Injury at Euro 2024
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Hungary forward Barnabás Varga is in stable condition following a serious injury during his team's final group match at Euro 2024.

Varga is expected to undergo surgery after fracturing several facial bones in a collision with Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn, which also left him concussed. The 29-year-old will miss the remainder of the tournament, even if Hungary progresses to the round of 16.

The incident occurred midway through the second half, causing the Group A match against Scotland to be halted for nearly 10 minutes as Varga received medical attention. Teammates and fans looked on in concern as medical staff tended to him, shielding him with blankets. Applause resonated from both sets of fans when Varga was stretchered off the field.

In a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, the Hungarian soccer federation confirmed Varga's injuries, stating, 'Several bones in Barnabás Varga's face were broken during the collision during the match, and he also suffered a concussion. The Ferencváros striker is most likely to undergo surgery. He spends the night in the hospital in Stuttgart. The whole team is rooting for him!'

Despite the harrowing moment, Hungary clinched a dramatic 1-0 victory with a stoppage-time goal from substitute Kevin Csoboth. Hungary midfielder Roland Sallai remarked on the tough emotional moment, saying, 'It was terrible. It was a terrible moment to see Barnabás like that. Of course, we were fighting for him in the remaining 15-20 minutes, and we would have liked to win for him and we were very happy we could achieve that. And yes, this we dedicate to him.';

This incident brought back haunting memories of a similar situation at the last European Championship, when Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field after suffering cardiac arrest.

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