Monday , January 20 2020

Kenan Bajric to return home following head injury in Slovan Bratislava’s defeat by Wolves

Kenan Bajric given all clear to return home following brain scans after suffering serious head injury in Slovan Bratislava’s defeat by Wolves

  • Kenan Bajric was accidentally kicked in the face by Raul Jimenez on Thursday
  • Wolves striker was attempting an overhead kick as Bajric looked to head clear
  • Midfielder was treated on the field for 11 minutes before being taken off
  • But after brain scans at New Cross Hospital he has been given all clear 

Slovan Bratislava defender Kenan Bajric has been cleared to return to Slovakia on Friday after undergoing brain scans in hospital.

Bajric was accidentally kicked in the face by Raul Jimenez as the striker attempted an overhead-kick during Slovan’s 1-0 defeat by Wolves in the Europa League game at Molineux on Thursday.

The Slovenian, 24, was taken immediately to New Cross Hospital, about three miles from the stadium, for tests, where he stayed for about 90 minutes before being discharged.

Raul Jimenez’s overhead kick attempt saw him kick Kenan Bajric in the face

The kick led to Bajric going down instantly and requiring 11 minutes of treatment

The kick led to Bajric going down instantly and requiring 11 minutes of treatment 

The rest of the Slovan squad flew back to Bratislava after the match but Bajric stayed at the team hotel along with the club doctor and another official. He is due to fly back to Bratislava from Birmingham Airport on Friday.

Slovan coach Jan Kozak said the injury was ‘quite serious’, with a spokesman adding that Bajric was ‘conscious’ after the game. There were 12 minutes’ stoppage time added after Bajric was treated on the field, before being taken off on a stretcher and wearing a neck brace.

Jimenez scored the winner in the second minute of added time to take Wolves to the brink of the last 32 but had looked particularly distressed as Bajric was receiving attention.

‘It is difficult for all of us,’ said the Mexican forward. ‘I don’t know what to say. I hope he recovers well.’

Bajric was quickly attended to by players from both teams at Molineux

Bajric was quickly attended to by players from both teams at Molineux

The midfielder was taken off on a stretcher before being driven to hospital

The midfielder was taken off on a stretcher before being driven to hospital