Honduras striker Alberth Elis remains in induced coma after clashing heads in 2nd-tier French game

BORDEAUX, France (AP) — Honduras striker Alberth Elis remains in an induced coma after suffering a head injury when playing for Bordeaux, the French club said Sunday.

The 28-year-old Elis sustained the injury at the start of a second division match against Guingamp on Saturday after he clashed heads with defender Donatien Gomis.

Elis was taken to a local hospital in Bordeaux and underwent surgery on Saturday night.

Bordeaux said in a statement on Sunday that it was “impossible” to comment further on the seriousness of the injury and did not expect to give any further updates in the next few days.

Bordeaux players and staff members will be offered psychological assistance, while club president Gérard Lopez thanked everyone for their support.

“We warmly thank all those who have shown their support for Alberth and those close to him, in particular the clubs all over France,” Lopez said. “Your words touch our hearts and are a great strength in the fight that Alberth is waging.”

Elis scored 13 goals for Honduras since making his debut 10 years ago.

___

AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer

The Associated Press