Saturday 25 May 2019

Wales defender Ashley Williams undergoes surgery after horror injury playing for Wales in Mexico

Ashley Williams thanks medical staff for support after his injury playing for Wales
Ashley Williams thanks medical staff for support after his injury playing for Wales

Wales captain Ashley Williams has revealed he suffered a collapsed lung during his country's goalless draw with Mexico on Tuesday.

The Everton central defender is also nursing "multiple breaks" to two ribs following the collision with Javier Hernandez which forced him off after only 17 minutes.

Williams announced the news on his Facebook page on Saturday night along with a series of pictures from his hospital bed in Los Angeles as he revealed the full extent of the injury.

He wrote: "Crazy couple of weeks. Great to be back in a Wales shirt & with the lads. However after coming off after 20 mins with multiple breaks on two ribs, I went to hospital & found out I had punctured my left lung which led to it collapsing."

While the rest of the Wales squad flew home this week, Williams remains in America after undergoing surgery.

"I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Ronald Reagan UCLA hospital in Beverley Hills for looking after me and making sure surgery went as comfortable as possible. Look forward to flying home & resting up now before the new season!"

It seems the 33-year-old's injuries are perhaps worse than initially thought.

Following the 0-0 draw against Mexico, Wales boss Ryan Giggs said: "He's gone to the hospital to get an X-ray. He's gone to check that there's no real damage, maybe just a cracked rib."

Williams was playing his first game for almost three months, having finished the season sidelined through injury at Everton.

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