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Honduran striker Alberth Elis in coma after collision in Bordeaux match

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Honduras striker Alberth Elis remained in an artificial coma in hospital on Sunday after surgery following a serious head injury, his French club Bordeaux reported.

Elis, 28, was knocked unconscious just 40 seconds into Saturday's game against Guingamp when he met a cross and collided with the head of defender Donatien Gomis.

Although Gomis recovered quickly, Elis was treated for several minutes on the pitch before being evacuated to hospital.

"He was transferred rapidly to Bordeaux's University hospital where he underwent surgery during the night," his club revealed.

"Alberth Elis suffered a head trauma which led to him being placed in an induced coma," Bordeaux's statement continued.

"We will follow the evolution of his state of health in the hospital in the coming days.

"At this moment, it is still impossible to comment on Alberth's vital signs and functional prognosis."

They said they were setting up a psychological unit to support Elis's teammates and club staff "in these difficult times".

Elis, nicknamed "La Panterita" ("Little Panther"), made his name with Houston in the MLS before moving to Europe in 2020 when he joined Portuguese side Boavista. He moved to Bordeaux in 2021.

Since making his international debut in 2014, Elis has won 64 caps for Honduras, scoring 13 goals.

Bordeaux went on to beat Guingamp 1-0 with Bordeaux midfielder Gaetan Weissbeck saying: "We are dedicating this win to Alberth Elis".

Club president Gerard Lopez thanked everyone especially rival clubs for all the support "for Alberth and his loved ones".

The statement on X was accompanied by a photo of a smiling Elis with the caption: "We are all with you Alberth".

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