UEFA EURO 2020: Russia’s Mario Fernandes Hospitalised But Avoids Spinal Injury After Fall | Football News

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Mario Fernandes was taken to the hospital after his injury during Russia’s match against Finland.© AFP




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Russian defender Mario Fernandes was hospitalised Wednesday after suffering a back injury during a Euro 2020 match against Finland but avoided spinal damage, his team said. The 30-year-old went up for a high ball in the Finland box in the first half and came down awkwardly, the back of his neck taking the full force of the landing. The Brazilian-born CSKA Moscow player was carried off the pitch on a stretcher with a brace around his head and neck. He was replaced by Vyacheslav Karavayev.

His team said on Twitter that Fernandes has been taken to a hospital in Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second city where the match was taking place.

“According to the results of the exam, Mario did not suffer a spinal injury,” the team said later on Wednesday, adding that Fernandes is flying back with his teammates to Moscow.

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Fernandes’s injury is another blow to the team who have already lost veteran Yuri Zhirkov, who was injured during the 3-0 loss against Belgium on Saturday.

Another defender, Fyodor Kudryashov is yet to recover from an injury that he suffered during a pre-tournament friendly.

Winger Andrei Mostovoy was replaced in the squad last week after testing positive for coronavirus.

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Russia claimed a 1-0 win over Finland in the Group B match between the two neighbours.

Their next match against Denmark will take place on Monday in Copenhagen.

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