Skull fracture forces Luciano out of CSL season
Updated: 2011-09-29 10:55
GUANGZHOU, China - Argentine forward Luciano Olguin, who plays for Chinese Super League's Tianjin Teda, had to miss the rest of the season due to a serious injury on his head and neck.
"Luciano received a successful surgery and is in stable condition now," said Tianjin's team manager Gao Songsen, who accompanied Luciano in the hospital, Sunday night.
"Doctor said he should remain in hospital for a week. After that we will transfer him to hospital in Tianjin," he said.
"The surgery was successful," said Luciano's physician. "But he has to stay in the ICU for two or three days more."
Argentine forward Luciano Olguin (top) from Tianjin Teda fights for a header with a Guangzhou Evergrande player during their Chinese Super League match in Guangzhou, Sept 23, 2011. [Photo/CFP]
The 29-year old ace striker for Teda collided with Guangzhou Evergrande's defender head on head in the 65th minute of the Friday's match. The crash was so fierce that more than 45,000 fans in the stadium even smothered themselves at that moment.
"I could even hear the terrible cracking sound at that moment," a photographer near the spot said.
Luciano was diagnosed as fracture in his skull and cervical vertebrae, an injury could lead to disability as paralysis.
The first aids fastened his neck and sent him to a local hospital immediately. The surgery lasted nearly four hours.
Luciano joined Tianjin in July, 2010. Since then he scored 14 goals in 31 matches. He had previously played professional football for Racing Club and San Martin de San Juan in Argentina and Royal Antwerp FC in Belgium.
Luciano receives first aid treatment after clashing with a Guangzhou Evergrande player during their Chinese Super League match in Guangzhou, Sept 23, 2011. [Photo/CFP]