Nigerian forward ‘fainted’ after his side lost at Opel Arena after head collision and rushed to hospital
Mainz striker Taiwo Awoniyi thanked the club’s medical team for their efforts to ensure he regained consciousness.
The Nigerian striker was stretched in the 23rd minute in his side’s 1-0 loss to Augsburg in Sunday’s Bundesliga match at the Opel Arena.
Awoniyi hit Felix Uduokhai in the head and then landed awkwardly before being taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a severe concussion.
On Monday, Mainz coach Achim Beierlorzer revealed that the striker has regained consciousness and now remembers the incident.
The former Nigerian Under-23 striker thanked God, his club and Mainz University Medical Center for saving his life.
“The last thing I remember about this scene is how I hit the ball with my head and then passed out,” Awoniyi said on the club’s website.
“It was hard for me on the pitch to regain consciousness and really wake up and it also took a little while before I could remember everything. But I feel a lot better now.
“I would like to congratulate our medical department in Mainz 05 and at the University Medical Center Mainz. They looked after me very well.
“And I thank dear God who protected me in this situation and made everything possible for me anyway.”
Awoniyi joined Mainz last summer from Premier League club Liverpool and has appeared in 11 Bundesliga games for the Opel Arena squad since his arrival.
The 05ers are three places above the relegation zone and the 22-year-old, who has revealed he will play no role when his side face Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, is confident they can avoid the downfall of the elite at the end. of the season.
“Unfortunately, I will not be able to help my team on the Dortmund pitch, but I will support them as much as possible. Together we will give everything for the fans and avoid relegation, I am sure,” he added. .
Awoniyi has been with Liverpool since 2015, following his impressive performance for the Golden Eaglets at the 2013 U17 World Cup, where he scored four goals in the competition to help Nigeria claim the title.
The forward, however, spent most of his time on loan playing in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
It remains to be seen when he will be allowed to retake the pitch.