Stuttgart doc­tor helps avoid dis­as­ter af­ter Gent­ner hor­ror clash

Sport360 - - Football La Liga - By Ry­land James @ ry­land­james ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

Only the quick think­ing of VfB Stuttgart’s team doc­tor res­cued cap­tain Chris­tian Gent­ner, who swal­lowed his tongue in a hor­ror clash in yes­ter­day’s Bun­desliga game against Wolfs­burg.

Gen­ter was left blood­ied af­ter Wolfs­burg goal­keeper Koen Cas­teels’ knee caught the mid­fielder on the head late in the 1-0 home vic­tory.

Gent­ner swal­lowed his tongue in the col­li­sion and only the fast re­ac­tions of Stuttgart doc­tor Ray­mond Best, who ran onto the pitch, pre­vented a tragedy.

“If our doc­tor hadn’t re­acted so quickly...,” said shaken Stuttgart di­rec­tor Michael Reschke.

The club later wrote on Twit­ter that Gent­ner was re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal and was re­spon­sive.

“That was a shock for us all, they were dra­matic min­utes,” said Stuttgart coach Hannes Wolf.

“We had tremen­dous fear that what hap­pened could have left last­ing dam­age.

“We couldn’t en­joy the win, our thoughts are with our cap­tain.

“He has def­i­nitely got a bad con- cus­sion, prob­a­bly bro­ken a few bones, but the doc­tor says he will make a full re­cov­ery.”

Gent­ner’s team-mates were shaken af­ter wit­ness­ing the col­li­sion. “I am sad about what hap­pened and Gent­ner’s health is in my thoughts,” said Stuttgart de­fender De­nis Aogo.

“I wish him all the best, hope there are no last­ing con­se­quences and that he is back soon.”

The 32-year-old Gent­ner made five in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ances for Ger­many in 2009/10.

In the match, a goal from Chadrac Akolo – who ar­rived in Switzer­land as a refugee from his na­tive Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo in 2009 – goal three min­utes be­fore half-time gave Stuttgart their sec­ond win of the sea­son.

“I hope there are no last­ing con­se­quences” – De­nis Aogo

Dan­ger: Gent­ner swal­lowed his tongue.

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