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Peru's Jefferson Farfan Suffers 'Traumatic Brain Injury' At The World Cup

Peru's Jefferson Farfan Suffers 'Traumatic Brain Injury' At The World Cup

Worrying news coming out of the Peru camp.

Peru are out of the World Cup following back-to-back Group Stage defeats to Denmark and France.

The South Americans have more one game to negotiate before heading back home. They play Australia on Tuesday, and coach Ricardo Gareca has been dealt a major blow with Farfan ruled out for their final match of the campaign.

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The 33-year-old suffered 'traumatic brain injury' after colliding with a teammate during Peru training, and was left unconscious for a couple of minutes before regaining consciousness.

Per concussion protocols, Farfan will not be able to feature against Australia.

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Gareca gave his account of the incident while thanking the Russian medical team for their assistance.

"He collided with a team-mate during training," he said.

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"We were very concerned but I must say that the medical attention from the medical team was fantastic and I have to say thank you to Russia for being so well prepared.

"Immediately, as soon as it happened, the player received all the medical attention he needed.

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"That's important because he was unconscious for a couple of minutes. He was stabilised and currently he's now in hospital.

"There are some protocols and rules in Russia in terms of recovering from concussion so he has to be there for 72 hours.

"That's what Russia has set as a priority to safeguard the health of a player."

Farfan in action vs. Denmark. Image: PA
Farfan in action vs. Denmark. Image: PA
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Farfan in action vs. France. Image: PA
Farfan in action vs. France. Image: PA

Gareca added: "We thank Russia for what they are doing. He's ok. It was a scare. He's doing well.

"He cannot play tomorrow of course but the most important thing is that he is recovering and will get well. That's the vital thing."

Here's hoping for a speedy recover. Get well soon, Jefferson.

Topics: Peru, Football News, Football, World Cup

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