In every sport there is a chance of a serious injury when an athlete steps on the field, but you just hope it happens as rarely as possible.

In a soccer game between AC Leopards and Zamalek in the CAF Confederations Cup, Rudy Ndey of Leopards suffered a broken neck after violently colliding with Zamalek’s keeper. Ndey flipped and landed hard on his head.

The Congolese striker is now in intensive care at the Air Force Specialized hospital in Cairo. After performing emergency surgery on the Leopards captain, Dr Salah Abdelkhaleq said his condition has improved, but his career is still in question.

“He had serious damage to his spinal column between the fifth and sixth vertebrae, a blow to the spinal cord, breathing difficulties and brain bleeding, but the surgery was successful,” the doctor said.

“The latest is that respiration is now stable after instability respiration on Monday. Chest muscles have been affected because of bruises in the cervical spinal cord.”

BBC has more on Ndey’s surgery, which you can read here.

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