The Spanish Sergio Rico, goalkeeper of Paris Saint Germain of Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé, continues to be hospitalized "in serious condition" at the Virgen del Rocío Hospital in the Andalusian town of El Rocío, near Huelva, after suffering a severe blow from the kick of a horse and his family said through a statement that the footballer "is in good hands and fighting to recover."
"Sergio is in good hands, struggling to recover while receiving the best care from the entire medical team at Virgen del Rocío Hospital. We must act with prudence, especially the next 48 hours, "details the statement signed by the footballer's family.
There they also explained that he had traveled on Saturday night, from Strasbourg, France, where the Parisian team was crowned champion of Ligue 1 after the 1-1 draw with the local club with a goal scored by Lionel Messi.
The statement from Sergio Rico's family.
"He travelled last night, from Strasbourg to Malaga and from there to El Rocío, with the club's permission after PSG won the Ligue 1 title. After little more than an hour and a half with his family, he was on his way to the Pontifical Mass next to the hermitage when he suffered a misfortune because of a cart with mules and a runaway horse that hit him, "describe the relatives.
And they conclude: "We are waiting for results on his medical evolution, which we hope will be favorable, and thus be able to communicate his improvement as soon as possible. We appreciate the expressions of affection, messages and interest of all those who are asking about Sergio's condition. Thank you for your support."
'In serious condition'
"He is in serious condition," a PSG spokesman said. The Spanish newspaper Marca reported that the international of La Roja is in a "stable" situation.
Victim of a traumatic brain injury when participating in a pilgrimage in Huelva (southwest), Rico was evacuated by helicopter to the Virgen del Rocío Hospital in Seville, where he is admitted and under respiratory assistance, reported the Andalusian public television Canal Sur.
After Saturday's match in Strasbourg, Rico traveled to his country to participate this Sunday in the traditional Romería del Rocío, several media reported.
Spanish media reported that people around the player assured that Rico did not fall from a horse, as several media reported at first, but received a kick from one of the animals participating in the pilgrimage.
Coming from Sevilla, Rico arrived at PSG in 2019 and since then played 29 games with the French team, although he has almost always had a substitute role, first of the Costa Rican Keylor Navas and since last season of the Italian international Gianluigi Donnarumma.
That substitution led him to play on loan at Mallorca in the second half of last season." A lot of strength and speedy recovery, @sergiorico25," tweeted Sevilla, the club in which the goalkeeper was trained.