VfB Stuttgart’s Wataru Endo discharged from hospital

IIn the ambulance, Wataru Endo was responsive again. On the way to the clinic, the captain of the Bundesliga soccer club VfB Stuttgart but not yet seen the picture of his teammates from the dressing room, which they dedicated to him on Instagram on Tuesday evening. It shows them holding Endo’s number three shirt towards the camera, jubilant.

Endo was plagued by severe headaches after previously beating in the game Hertha BSC had collided with Ivan Sunjic’ head in the 77th minute and even temporarily lost consciousness. The Japanese had to be treated on the pitch for five minutes. It was only in the ambulance that he found out that his team had won the game 2-1 – in the eighth minute of stoppage time with a header from Konstantinos Mavropanos.

With the third league home win in a row, Stuttgart left the relegation place that Berlin now holds. “We’re happy that we won the game for Wataru,” said Waldemar Anton afterwards. You could tell how deeply affected he was by the incident. He had seen Endo’s knockout first hand. A moment of shock for everyone. After that, the team had to pick themselves up again.

Endo now discharged from hospital

The Stuttgart survived the difficult phase without conceding a goal. “The players regained their composure quicker than I did,” admitted VfB sporting director Sven Mislintat. In the last few minutes, they combined again in a concentrated and handsome manner through midfield. And could have taken the lead in the first minute of added time through substitute Enzo Millot, but Hertha goalkeeper Oliver Christensen saved the header.

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