(Reuters) - - Goalkeeper Mauricio Viana played the last few minutes of a Chilean league game, even saving a last-minute penalty, unaware that he had suffered a perforated intestine, his club Santiago Wanderers said Sunday.
Viana was injured in a clash with rival forward Omar Zalazar in the 78th minute of Saturday’s match against Audax Italiano, the club said on their website.
There was no obvious injury and the 22-year-old Brazilian born goalkeeper played on, saving a penalty taken by Cristian Canuhe in the 89th minute to earn his team a 0-0 draw.
However, afterwards he complained of severe pain in the dressing room and underwent emergency surgery after it was diagnosed as a perforated intestine.
Wanderers said the operation had gone well and Viana was expected to recover in around four weeks.
Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by Pritha Sarkar