Barnabas Varga pictured for first time since horror incident against Scotland at Euro 2024

Photo shows Barnabas Varga giving the thumbs up from his hospital bed
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Hungary's manager Marco Rossi joined his coaching team and player Endre Botka in a heartfelt visit to Barnabas Varga in hospital.

Varga suffered a horrible collision with Scotland keeper Angus Gunn during the latter stages of Hungary's final Euro 2024 group match. The impact left the striker unconscious and requiring lengthy treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital.

The 29-year-old had initially been placed in the recovery position by fellow players until captain Dominik Szoboszlai and medics arrived with a stretcher. His teammates formed a protective circle around him while sheets were used to shield him from public view as he received on-field treatment, reports the Mirror.

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Varga was later diagnosed with a fractured cheekbone and has been receiving treatment in hospital and is stable enough for visitors. He has been pictured in his hospital bed, all smiles and giving a thumbs up, surrounded by Rossi, his staff, Botka, and some of the medical personnel attending to him.

The Hungary FA released a statement saying: "Led by Marco Rossi, some members of the professional staff and Endre Botka, representing the players, visited Barnabas Varga in Klinikum Stuttgart. The visitors interpreted the wishes of the whole team for the player."

Photo shows Hungary players holding a blanket to cover teammate Barnabas Varga during Sunday's game
Hungary players hold a blanket to cover teammate Barnabas Varga during Sunday's game -Credit:RONALD WITTEK/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

Varga received an ovation from all fans as he was stretchered off the pitch and transported to a Stuttgart hospital. The Hungary FA confirmed on Monday that Varga had sustained severe facial injuries and a concussion.

"Several bones in Barnabas Varga's face were broken during the collision during the match, and he also suffered a concussion," they said in a statement. "The Ferencvaros striker is most likely to undergo surgery. He spends the night in the hospital in Stuttgart. The whole team is rooting for him!"

Hungary clinched victory over Scotland thanks to Kevin Csoboth's strike deep into stoppage time, putting them on course for the knockout stages. However, the incident has sparked controversy between UEFA and the Hungarian FA over the alleged delay in medical help for Varga.

UEFA, in response, have defended the actions of their medical staff, saying: "With regards to the medical intervention following the head injury suffered by Barnabas Varga of Hungary, we would like to clarify that the intervention of the team doctor happened within 15 seconds of the incident, followed immediately by the second stadium doctor, to conduct a first assessment of the injury and provide appropriate treatment, as per customary medical procedures.

"The qualified pitchside emergency team were waiting pitchside, according to their protocol, and arrived with the stretcher as soon as their intervention was requested by the medics to evacuate the player for his immediate transfer to hospital.

"The coordination between all the medical staff on site was professional and everything was done in accordance with the applicable medical procedures. There was no delay in the treatment of and assistance to the player."

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