Russia defender Mario Fernandes cleared of vertebra damage after fall at Euro 2020

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Mario Fernandes of Russia at Euro2020
Mario Fernandes landed directly on his back after trying to head the ball and had to be carted off the field on Wednesday. (Alexander Safonov/Getty Images)

A Russian defender was cleared of any damage to his vertebra after he suffered a terrifying fall during a match against Finland in the European Championship on Wednesday.

Russia’s Mario Fernandes went up to try and head the ball in the 26th minute of the match at Saint Petersburg Stadium in Russia, and ended up landing directly on his back. Fernandez reached for his neck almost instantly.

He had to be stretchered off the field while wearing a support device on his head and neck, and was taken to a local hospital.

Doctors determined that he didn’t suffer any damage to his spine and is free to travel with the team home to Moscow. He will be kept under observation, and it’s unclear when he’ll return to the field.

Russia beat Finland 1-0. It is set to take on Denmark in Copenhagen on Monday in the final group stage match.

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