The news very quickly darkened the hours that followed PSG’s eleventh French championship title obtained on Saturday evening in Strasbourg. Present on the bench in Alsace, the Spanish substitute goalkeeper Sergio Rico suffered an accident on Sunday in Andalusia which required his hospitalization. Here’s what we know about the 29-year-old’s condition.
What happened ?
The day after the draw (1-1) of the Parisians in Alsace, Sergio Rico is in Andalusia, a region in southern Spain where the goalkeeper is from. According The Cope Chain, the player makes the Pentecost pilgrimage of El Rocio, named after his village in the province of Huelva, in the company of his companion, Alba Silva, and several friends. The accident reportedly took place around 8:30 a.m. If the precise circumstances are still unclear, it seems that the player was hit by a horse.
Several Spanish media also report that Sergio Rico was on horseback when the accident occurred, which we are unable to confirm. PSG, for its part, told AFP that the player had been the victim of a riding accident. The emergency service of the autonomous community of Andalusia assured Cadena Cope that several people had called it in the early morning to warn them “of a man of about 30 years with a head injury”. On son site, he mentions an accident “of a rider” which corresponds to this description, without giving the identity of the victim. The latter was transported by helicopter to the Virgen del Rocio hospital in Seville.
What state is the player in?
According to several sources, the condition of the goalkeeper who arrived in the capital in 2019 is considered “serious”. Always quoted by Cadena Cope, the Andalusian emergency services evoke “a serious prognosis due to a head trauma”. The Spanish sports daily Brand also describes Sergio Rico’s situation as “serious”.
The Spanish goalkeeper has since been placed under observation in hospital. At the end of the day, the 29-year-old’s entourage prefers to wait for the evolution in the coming hours of his condition to comment further on the consequences on his health. It is unknown whether Sergio Rico is conscious or not at the moment. La Cadena Cope claim that the player was sedated.
How did the club and the players react?
PSG reacted officially in the afternoon, via a message posted on its Twitter account. “Paris Saint-Germain learned of the accident of its player Sergio Rico this Sunday and remains in constant contact with his relatives, writes the club on the social network. The entire Rouge et Bleu community gives them their full support. Internally, concern reigned before the start of the UNFP Trophies where a delegation from the club was present.
During this ceremony, Portuguese defender Nuno Mendes had “a thought” for his partner after receiving his trophy for best hope of the season. The midfielder Marco Verratti, present at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, posted on Instagram a photo of the Spanish goalkeeper accompanied by an emoji of folded hands praying. Sergio Rico has also received messages of support from the official La Liga account, as well as from his former club Sevilla FC. “A lot of strength and recover quickly,” wrote the Andalusian club. He too was immersed in expectation.