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Hungary Striker Barnabas Varga Stable After Serious Injury in Euro 2024 Match

Stuttgart, June 24, 2024, The Europe Today: The condition of Hungary striker Barnabas Varga, who sustained serious injuries in the second half of Sunday’s Euro 2024 group game between Scotland and Hungary in Stuttgart, is stable, the Hungarian Football Federation announced on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Barnabas Varga suffered several facial fractures and a concussion during the match. He will most likely have to undergo surgery,” the federation stated. Varga will spend the night in the hospital, with the whole team rooting for his swift recovery.

The incident occurred in the 68th minute when Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn collided with teammate Anthony Ralston and Varga while attempting to clear a free kick from Dominik Szoboszlai. The Hungarian players immediately signaled that Varga was in trouble and expressed frustration at the delay in medical assistance for the 29-year-old player.

A stunned silence fell over the Stuttgart stadium as Szoboszlai fought back tears. After over six minutes of on-field treatment, Varga was carried off on a stretcher, shielded from view by held-up sheets.

Following Hungary’s 1-0 win, which the Hungarian players dedicated to Varga, the country’s football federation confirmed his stable condition. Coach Marco Rossi indicated that Varga had suffered a facial fracture, likely requiring surgery. “Probably he will be operated on in the coming hours because he suffered a fracture here,” Rossi said, pointing to Varga’s cheek and eye socket. “If we go through the competition, of course, he will not be part of the team anymore.”

Hungary remains hopeful of qualifying as one of the four best third-placed teams. In another Group A match, Germany held Switzerland to a 1-1 draw to win the group.