EURO 2024: Hungary’s Varga ‘In Stable Condition’ After Facial Fractures In Win Over Scotland


 Hungary striker Barnabás Varga is in stable condition in the hospital after breaking several bones in his face in a midair collision with Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn during Sunday’s 1-0 win in Stuttgart.

Gunn and Varga collided in the 68th minute as they battled to meet Dominik Szoboszlai’s free kick. Varga appeared to suffer a reaction to the clash, which prompted his teammates to signal furiously for medical assistance.

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Hungary captain and Liverpool midfielder Szoboszlai pulled the stretcher along with the medical staff carrying it as many fans behind the goal voiced their anger at how slow it was brought to Varga’s aid.

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Officials then held sheets up to shield Varga from the crowd as he was tended to for several minutes before being taken to a nearby hospital, where he was expected to undergo an operation.

The Hungarian Football Federation posted on X: “Barnabás Varga’s condition is stable. The Hungarian national team player is currently in one of the hospitals in Stuttgart.”

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The federation later posted an update, stating that Varga had broken “several bones” in his face and also “suffered a concussion.” The statement added that he would spend the night in a Stuttgart hospital.

Speaking after the game, Hungary boss Marco Rossi said, “I don’t know if he suffered a collision with the goalkeeper or with an opponent because it was a confused situation. That’s why the VAR was checking if it was a penalty or not.

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“What I heard from the players is that Barney in that moment did not look conscious, so everybody was really worried about his condition and also worried about the fact that the doctors arrived a little late, we can say, but probably they didn’t realise it was a dangerous situation.”

“Fortunately now, I can say that Barney is not under any kind of risk,” Rossi added. “Probably, he will be operated [on] in the coming hours because he suffered a fracture here [points to face]. But he is healthy. The most important thing is he’s healthy.



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