paris saint germain Goalkeeper Sergio Rico was hospitalized on Sunday and is «struggling to recover» after being involved in a «serious» accident in which he apparently suffered a head injury after being kicked by a horse.
Rico, 29, was injured in his native Spain just a day later the french club secured a record eleventh title.
According to reports and a statement from his family, the accident occurred while Rico was in Spain for a pilgrimage, which he received permission from the club to attend.
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He was on his way to a mass with his family when «he suffered a serious mishap due to a mule cart and a horse that hit him.»
«Sergio is in good hands, fighting to recover while receiving the best care from the medical team at Hospital Virgen del Rocío,» his family said in a statement, provided by his agency.
«We have to exercise caution, especially during the next 48 hours.»
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According to local media, Rico was kicked near his head by a horse after falling to the ground. He was later airlifted to a nearby hospital.
«Paris Saint-Germain learned of the accident of its player Sergio Rico on Sunday and remains in constant contact with his loved ones,» the team said in a statement posted on its Twitter account on Sunday.
«The entire Red and Blue community offers them all their support.»
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Rico’s family said they are «waiting for the medical results» and will provide an update on his condition «as soon as possible.»
Rico signed for PSG in 2020 after spending a year on loan at the club. He previously played for Sevilla and made one appearance for the Spanish selection in 2016.
Associated Press contributed to this report.