Everton and Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy is expected to make a full recovery following life-saving surgery after a freak accident during a training match.
The Derry-born 18-year-old suffered a laceration to his liver after colliding with the opposition goalkeeper when playing for the Republic in a training match against an Irish amateur team at Gannon Park, Co Dublin, on Friday night.
After being attended to on the pitch by team surgeon Professor John O'Byrne and team doctor Alan Byrne, he was brought to the Mater Hospital in Dublin where an emergency operation was performed.
A spokeswoman for the Football Association of Ireland said the teenager was making good progress.
Earlier Prof O'Byrne said the medical team at the Mater had saved the young player's life after what he described as the “freak injury”.