Former Liverpool midfielder Sebastian Leto will undergo surgery in the next 48 hours after a freak accident left the footballer in intensive care.
The winger, now once again playing for Lanus in his homeland Argentina, was hit on his head by a piece of gym equipment which fractured his skull.
After initially being sent home, Leto was seen by a doctor where the injury was fully assessed and he was admitted into intensive care.
Greek side Catania, his parent-club, have confirmed the player is in a stable condition and awaiting surgery.
Reports from Argentina suggest the player's life is not in jeopardy, but he will face four-six months out on the sidelines.
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Lanus released a statement, picked up by the Independent, saying: "Yesterday, Sebastian Leto, during routine work in the gym, suffered an accident with head trauma, leaving a wound in his scalp.
"He was treated at the club, [however] an hour after consultation with the medical team he complained of a headache and was evaluated again.
"After the evaluation it was decided he should attend hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fractured skull.
"He was assessed by a neurological team who confirmed the fracture.
"He was then evaluated by Dr. Cristian Fuster who decided he needed surgical treatment, which take place within the next 48 hrs."
Leto was signed for Liverpool by Rafael Benitez for £1.8 million but made only four competitive appearance for the club before moving to Olympiakos on loan and then Panathinaikos for £3 million.
We all wish him a speedy recovery.