Barnabas Varga 'stable' in hospital after being stretchered off ...

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Updated 23/06/2024 at 22:53 GMT

Hungary forward Barnabas Varga is "stable" in hospital after he was stretchered off the pitch following a collision in their Euros 2024 match with Scotland on Sunday, the Hungarian Football Federation have confirmed. There was a seven-minute stoppage in the second half as the Hungary squad gathered around their team-mate, holding sheets around him as he was stretchered off.

Kevin Csoboth of Hungary celebrates scoring his team's first goal as he holds up the shirt of Barnabas Varga of Hungary (Photo by Carl Recine/Getty Images)

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The Hungarian Football Federation has confirmed that forward Barnabas Varga is "stable" and "in a hospital in Stuttgart" after he was stretchered off during his side's 1-0 victory over Scotland on Sunday.

Varga went down following a mid-air collision with Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn, prompting a seven-minute stoppage in play.

The Hungary squad rallied in support of their team-mate, immediately calling for medical attention and helping to bring the stretcher onto the pitch.

A screen was erected around Varga as he received treatment, as a number of his team-mates, including Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai, were in visible distress.

Varga was stretchered from the field of play and the Hungarian FA provided an update on his condition.

"Barnabas Varga's condition is stable," the federation wrote on social media. "Your player is currently in a hospital in Stuttgart.

"We will inform you immediately if there is any news about his status."

Kevin Csoboth scored in the 10th minute of stoppage-time to secure a 1-0 win and keep Hungary in the race for qualification for the last 16, knocking Scotland out of the competition.

Csoboth celebrated by holding aloft Varga's jersey. After the match, the Hungary camp gathered on the pitch behind captain Szoboszlai, who wore Varga's jersey back-to-front in support of his team-mate.

Dominik Szoboszlai celebrates win at the end of the Euro 2024 match between Scotland and Hungary at Stuttgart Arena on June 23, 2024 in Stuttgart, Germany

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Hungary midfielder Callum Styles confirmed Varga was conscious.

"We don't want to ever see that on a football pitch, but thankfully he is conscious now, and hopefully we do it all for him," Styles told beIN Sports.

Hungary boss Marco Rossi provided his reaction to the incident and a further update on Varga’s condition.

“In that moment, I did not realise immediately [how serious it was], then when I saw the players call the doctors I started to be worried,” Rossi said. “Everybody was really worried.

“But when Barnie left the pitch he was already awake. He was okay, so this is very good. The guy is healthy.

“He could be no more available for the rest of the tournament, but the most important thing is he is healthy.”

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