- Thursday’s match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Slovan Bratislava was stopped for 11 minutes after a defender was accidentally kicked in the head.
- Midfielder Kenan Bajric was knocked unconscious and left in a neck brace after his head collided with Raul Jimenez’s boot.
- The Slovenian was rushed to hospital after receiving treatment on the pitch but is recovering, according to the BBC.
- “I’m very sorry for that, it wasn’t my intention,” Jimenez told broadcaster BT Sport after the match. “I hope he recovers well and keeps going.”
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A European football match was stopped for 11 minutes on Thursday after a striker accidentally kicked an opposition player in the head, rendering him unconscious and in need of a neck brace.
Wolverhampton Wanderers were playing Slovan Bratislava at the Molineux Stadium when Raul Jimenez attempted an overhead kick but booted Kenan Bajric in the head in the 77th minute.
The Slovenian defender was instantly knocked out, dropping to the floor before Jimenez and other players rapidly signaled for medical attention.
He was treated on the pitch for 11 minutes, before being put in a neck brace and stretchered off the field. He was taken immediately to hospital, where he stayed overnight.
After the match, Bratislava manager Jan Kozak told reporters that the 24-year-old had suffered a “quite serious” concussion, but that he was was conscious and recovering, according to the BBC.
Jimenez, who was shown a yellow card for the high foot, apologized for the incident and said he was pleased to hear Bajric was ok.
“Yeah, it’s good news for us, for all my team mates, his team mates,” Jimenez told broadcaster BT Sport. “I’m very sorry for that, it wasn’t my intention but I hope he recovers well and keeps going.
“I don’t know what to say. It’s difficult for all of us but I hope he recovers well.”
Wolves won 1-0 on the night with Jimenez scoring the decisive goal in the second of the 12 minutes of overtime that were played, taking into account the lengthy injury delay. The Mexican appeared to pray for Bajric during his brief goal celebration.
Wolves play Aston Villa on Sunday.