YASSER AL-SHAHRANI is set to undergo facial surgery after his horror collision with goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais yesterday.
The defender played a huge role in Saudi Arabia's shock 2-1 win over Argentina yesterday, before being forced off on a stretcher late on.
Al-Shahrani, 30, was left unconscious after colliding with Alowais' knee while challenging for the ball.
He was able to regain consiciousness and offer a thumbs up to the crowd as he was carried off.
But the Al-Hilal star requires emergency surgery back in Riyadh.
An official team statement from Saudi Arabia read: "Yasser Al-Shahrani left Hamad Medical Center in Doha heading to Riyadh's National Guard Hospital earlier this morning folloiwing the head injury sustained during yesterday's 2-1 victory over Argentina.
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"The 30-year-old will now undergo surgery in the next few hours as per the medical staff's recovery plan.
"We all wish Yasser a full and speedy recovery."
Alowais was visibly distressed following the incident, as his team-mate received treatment for a number of minutes.
According to Gulf Today, X-rays conducted yesterday revealed the full extent of Al Shahrani's injuries.
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They claim that the full-back fractured his jaw as well as other bones in his face.
Their report also added that Al-Shahrani required emergecy treatment to stop internal bleeding.
Herve Renard's side are back in action on Saturday afternoon, when they face Poland at Education City Stadium.
A win would see them progress to the round of 16 with a game to spare – ahead of their final group match against Mexico next week.
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