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Football: Russia's Fernandes cleared of spinal injury after fall in win over Finland

Football: Russia's Fernandes cleared of spinal injury after fall in win over Finland

Russia's Mario Fernandes is carried off the pitch during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Finland and Russia at the Gazprom Arena stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Jun 16, 2021. (Photo: AP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

ST PETERSBURG: Russia have confirmed that Mario Fernandes did not suffer a spinal injury after his heavy fall in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Finland in their European Championship Group B match in St Petersburg.

Full back Fernandes had a rough fall in the first half after an aerial duel which saw him fall on his back and neck. The 30-year-old was taken off the pitch on a stretcher and taken to the hospital for scans.

"Fernandes was suspected of having a thoracic spine injury," the Russian team said in a statement.

"According to the scan results, Fernandes does not have a spinal injury. He is flying with the team to Moscow and will be under the supervision of the doctors of the Russian national team."

Russia, who lost 3-0 to Belgium in their group opener, play Denmark in their final group game in Copenhagen on Monday.

Source: Reuters

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