Esteghlal defender Padovani undergoes neck surgery

February 25, 2018

TEHRAN – Brazilian defender of Esteghlal football team underwent neck surgery Saturday night.

The 34-year-old player broke his neck after a horrific-looking collision with Foolad player.

Esteghlal defeated Foolad 4-1 in Ahvaz’s Ghadir Stadium but the player was carried to the hospital before the interval.

According to the Esteghlal’s club, Padovani underwent emergency surgery in Ahvaz and he is in stable condition at the moment.

Padovani has spent the majority of his career in Brazil. In 2012, he was transferred to Foolad, where he won the title in 2013–14 season. In September 2016 Padovani signed with Esteghlal.

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