Senegal’s Cheikhou Kouyate was stretchered off injured in the World Cup after he appeared to be hit in the testicles by the Netherlands’ Frenkie de Jong.
The midfielder was caught in the nether regions by De Jong’s outstretched hand as he jumped for the ball in mid-air, The Sun reported.
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Senegal’s game against Holland was a bit of a slow-burner and the pair spent much of the game cancelling each other out.
But eventually the Dutch got two late strikes to get over the line.
But before the goals, Kouyate was left flat on the ground in pain after being caught by De Jong.
The Nottingham Forest man leapt into the air to win a header with 20 minutes to go.
But De Jong clumsily leaned into Kouyate and hit his privates with a loose left-hand.
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse confirmed Kouyate had a twisted ankle as he landed heavily after the blow.
Left in a heap on the ground, the Senegal midfielder was quickly attended to by medical staff.
They said he could not go on and the star was stretchered off.
Things would go from bad to worse for the African side who conceded two late goals to lose their World Cup opener.
Rising PSV star and Manchester United target Cody Gakpo scored a brilliant header seven minutes from time to give Holland the lead.
And former Everton striker Davy Klaassen took advantage of the huge injury-time triggered by Kouyate’s injured as he netted from off the bench.
The 29-year-old took advantage of a poor save from Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy to latch onto the rebound and secure the points.
Senegal will now likely need at least one victory from their remaining group games against Ecuador and Qatar to land a place in the knockout stages.
The game between the two nations followed England’s demolition of Iran earlier in the day.
This story first appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.
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