Goalkeeper knocked unconscious by striker recovering in hospital

Waalwijk's Dutch goalkeeper Etienne Vaessen receives medical assistance after he collapsed during the Dutch Eredivisie match between RKC Waalwijk and Ajax Amsterdam at the Mandemakers Stadium in Waalwijk on September 30, 2023. PHOTO/AFP

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  • The 28-year-old was stretchered off the pitch before the game was called off with Ajax leading 3-2.

Goalkeeper Etienne Vaessen, knocked unconscious in a Dutch league match, has "passed a good night" in hospital, his club RKC Waalwijk reported on Sunday.

Saturday's game against Ajax was abandoned with just a few minutes remaining when Vaessen collided with Ajax striker Brian Brobbey.

TV images showed several players in shock as ground staff quickly draped blankets around the stricken keeper while doctors from both clubs treated him.

Some players were in tears and formed a cordon around Vaessen.

The 28-year-old was then stretchered off the pitch before the game was called off with Ajax leading 3-2.

The stadium announcer explained that several players were "too affected to continue playing".

RKC Waalwijk gave an upbeat bulletin on his medical condition, stating: "We can report that our keeper Etienne Vaessen has passed a good night and continues his recovery.

"For Etienne, it's important for the moment that he's able to recover quietly in the hours and days to come."

"We'd like to ask everyone to give him and his family the time and space to do that," added the club, which hopes "to see him back soon".