Former Fulham player Sergio Rico has been rushed to hospital in a serious condition with a head injury, according to reports.
The goalkeeper who plays for PSG, is in bad way after suffering a severe brain injury while horseback riding.
Muchodeporte has reported that he suffered a traumatic head injury after falling from his horse in Huelva in Spain. He was then admitted to hospital in Seville.
In medical terms, the report mentions he is “very serious” and in a “critical” state.
The 29-year old was injured on Sunday morning. He had to be transported by helicopter to a hospital in Seville by the medical services after falling and being kicked by an animal.
The footballer is stable and being evaluated after he was intubated due to the trauma he sustained.
BREAKING: Paris St Germain goalkeeper Sergio Rico is in intensive care following a riding accident.https://t.co/tq4ZeRDspi
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Relevo reported that Rico had returned to his hometown after PSG coach Christophe Galtier decide to give his players a day off on the heels of their title-winning league win.
The accident happened while he was on a pilgrimage to Huelva.
Sergio Rico was in the PSG squad on Saturday for the penultimate game of the domestic competition in France, which they took on Strasbourg and drew 1-1, which was enough to be crowned Ligue 1 champions.
Rico, after that match, travelled to El Rocio in Huelva, where the pilgrimage was being celebrated, and it was Sunday morning on the Camino de Moguer when he suffered the accident that caused him to be taken to hospital.
The goalkeeper, after his time at Sevilla, had a spell at Fulham in England and was then signed by PSG, who loaned him out to Real Mallorca last season before returning to the Parisian club, where is a regular substitute behind Gianluigi Donnarumma.
It was on the 9th of August 2018, Rico was loaned to Fulham for one season, making his Premier League debut on the 27th of October, in a 3-0 home defeat against Bournemouth.
He edged out homegrown player Marcus Bettinelli as the starter for the West London club, who were relegated to the Championship at the end of the campaign.
Sergio Rico had clarified he wanted to remain at Fulham, but a season-long stay was all he got.
At the time, he said: “I have to come back to Seville but I would like to come here [England] next season because I am very happy here.
“I like the Premier League and I enjoy it a lot here in London, I am so happy. I don’t know the future now but I would like to come here again.”
He nearly got a return to English football in 2023, when Nottingham Forest were reportedly interested in him, only to go Keylor Navas instead.
The Reds were linked with a move to sign the Costa Rican but instead the French champions played hard ball.
After what happened in the last hours, from Sergio’s family we want to communicate that:
1. Sergio Rico traveled last night, from Strasbourg to Malaga and from Alit to El Rock), with permission from the club after PSG won the Ligue 1 title. After just over an hour and a half with his family and friends, he was heading to the Pontifical Mass next to the hermitage when he suffered misfortune because of a cart with mules and a runaway horse that hit him.
2. Sergio is in good hands, struggling to recover while receiving the best care from the entire medical team at Hospital Virgen del Rock). We must act prudently, especially the next 48 hours.
3. We are waiting for results on your medical evolution, which we hope will be favourable, so that we can communicate your improvement as soon as possible.
4. We appreciate the expressions of affection, the messages and the interest of all of you who are asking about Sergio’s condition. Thanks for your support.
2006–2011 – Sevilla
2011–2014 – Sevilla B – 36 games
2014–2020 – Sevilla – 114 games
2018–2019 → Fulham (loan) – 32 games
2019–2020 → Paris Saint-Germain (loan) – 10 games
2020– Paris Saint-Germain – 14 games
2022 → Mallorca (loan) – 15 games
2016 – Spain – 1 game
Social media users have been sending their support after hearing that the former Fulham player was rushed to hospital in a serious condition with a head injury…
@travistimothy00: Get well soon 💙🙏
@GR4NITXHAKA: Hope Sergio Rico ends up okay, sounds very serious. Get well soon❤️
@ToffeeTosh1878: Get well soon 🙏
@madaffc: Sad to hear whats happened to Sergio Rico. Hope he makes a recovery.
@352cards: Prayers to Sergio Rico 🙏
@OSmithFFC: Hoping for a speedy and complication free recovery! #ffc
@schneid3306: Prayers for Sergio this morning.
@bxysnthbttrlnd: oh man, i hope he recovers well 🙏🏻🙏🏻
@FulhamTransfer: Thoughts are with former #FulhamFC keeper Sergio Rico and his family. ⚫⚪ #FulhamFamily
@AshWWoolford: Praying that he’s ok. Sad news.
@Dylan__Saunders: Wishing him a speedy recovery ❤️