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Cesc Fabregas scores hat-trick but it"s Abidal who gets Nou Camp ovation with emotional return

Fabregas scores a hat-trick but it's Abidal who gets Nou Camp ovation with emotional return

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21:59 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:42 GMT, 6 April 2013

Cesc Fabregas scored the first hat-trick of his career as Barcelona moved closer to the Primera Division title with a 5-0 victory over Real Mallorca, but the main story was the return to action of Eric Abidal after a year out following liver surgery.

The home side were also inspired by
head coach Tito Vilanova, who was on the Nou Camp touchline for the
first time since January after undergoing treatment for cancer.

Abidal's appearance brought the crowd
to their feet, with the Frenchman given a standing ovation when he
replaced Gerard Pique in the 70th minute.

Happy return: Barcelona's Eric Abidal received a rousing reception

Happy return: Barcelona's Eric Abidal received a rousing reception

The 33-year-old former France
defender, who was passed fit to return to training with his team mates
last month, is a huge favourite with the Barca fans.

In a pitch-side television interview with Spanish broadcaster Canal Plus, Abidal thanked the cousin who provided part of his liver for the procedure.

'It was a very special moment for me after a year out,' said Abidal, wearing a shirt with 'Merci mon cousin' on the front.

Merci: Eric Abidal wears a tribute to his cousin

Merci: Eric Abidal wears a tribute to his cousin

'I want to thank my cousin as without him I would not be here today. It is a unique moment,' he added.

Abidal's return is well timed as Barca centre backs Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano and full back Adriano are all out injured at a critical stage of the season.

In the game itself, it was Fabregas who commanded the spotlight. In the injury-enforced absence of Lionel Messi, he scored three and
set up two for Alexis Sanchez as Barcelona romped home.

Man of the moment: Cesc Fabregas scored his first competitive hattrick

Man of the moment: Cesc Fabregas scored his first competitive hattrick

Mallorca held their own but it was no surprise when Barcelona made the breakthrough with two goals in two minutes.

Fabregas carried the ball from midfield and played a one-two with Alexis before steadying himself and coolly slotting the ball home across goalkeeper Dudu Aouate.

Mallorca's heads went down and in the 22nd minute they found themselves 2-0 adrift. This time Fabregas cut inside on the left of the area before unleashing a shot which Aouate pushed away from goal only for Alexis to follow up and fire home.

Happy return: Eric Abidal

Happy return: Eric Abidal

In the 37th minute an intricate passing move ended with Fabregas laying a first-time ball off to Alexis on the right of the area which he reciprocated for Fabregas to drill home.

The former Arsenal captain was involved everywhere and a minute later he provided a superb pass over the top for Alexis, who had got between two defenders, controlling the ball with his right before slotting home with his left.

Fabregas wrapped up his hat-trick seconds after the restart when he collected Iniesta's threaded ball and checked inside the defender before slotting home from close range.

Peter Ndlovu fighting for his life after horror car crash kills his brother Adam Ndlovu

Coventry legend Ndlovu fighting for his life after horror car crash kills his brother

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UPDATED:

13:46 GMT, 16 December 2012

Former Coventry star Peter Ndlovu is in a critical condition in hospital after a horror car crash which claimed the life of his brother.

Ndlovu, who also played for Birmingham, Sheffield United and Huddersfield during a 13-year career in England, is in a coma after his sports car crashed in Zimbabwe.

Adam Ndlovu, also a former footballer who played for Zimbabwe, died in the incident near Victoria Falls.

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Pictures from the scene of the crash show the smashed-up front of the BMW X5 by the side of the road. According to reports in Zimbabwe, Adam was driving the car as they returned from watching a local match.

Peter Ndlovu was a favourite among
Coventry fans during the 90s. He scored 39 goals in 176 matches before
leaving for Birmingham. He had a short loan spell at Huddersfield before
joining Sheffield United.

Coventry wrote on Twitter: 'All our thoughts and wishes go out to former Sky Blue Peter Ndlovu and his family. Keep strong Nuddy.'

A
tweet from the Blades read: 'Our thoughts are with former player Peter
Ndlovu, who has been critically injured in a car accident in his native
Zimbabwe.'

Legend: Peter Ndlovu

Legend: Peter Ndlovu

Hero: Peter Ndlovu starred for Coventry (left) in the Premier League before joining Birmingham

Tragedy: Adam Ndlovu - who played for Zimbabwe - died in the car crash

Tragedy: Adam Ndlovu – who played for Zimbabwe – died in the car crash

Birmingham's own statement read: 'The thoughts of everyone associated with Birmingham City Football Club are with Peter Ndlovu and his family following news of a serious car crash in Zimbabwe. Peter was a very popular player during his time at St Andrew's and we hope he pulls through this difficult time.'

Former Birmingham co-owner David Gold tweeted: 'Peter Ndlovu is one of the nicest footballers I ever met. We are all thinking of you Peter, get well soon.'

Former Coventry team-mate Darren Huckerby wrote: 'Terrible news about Peter Ndlovu and his brother, hope he pulls through.'

Mick Quinn added: 'Sad news about my former team-mate Peter Ndlovu involved in a car crash. He is in a coma, sadly brother Adam dead, thoughts and prayers to them.'

Peter has been working as a coach for the Zimbabwe Young Warriors Under 23 team.

VIDEO: A classic Peter Ndlovu goal from 1995 – a contender for MOTD goal of the season…

Hector "Macho" Camacho: Former boxing champion in serious condition after being shot

Former champ Hector 'Macho' Camacho in critical condition after being shot in the face in Puerto Rico

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09:35 GMT, 21 November 2012

Former world boxing champion Hector 'Macho' Camacho was shot in the face as he sat in a car outside the Puerto Rican capital yesterday.

Doctors said he was in serious condition but is expected to survive.

Another man in the car, whose relationship to the 50-year-old Camacho wasn't immediately known, died in the attack in which at least one gunman opened fire on their vehicle in the city of Bayamon, according to a statement from police.

Bout: Hector Camacho, right, throws a punch at Troy Lowry in a 2001 fight

Bout: Hector Camacho, right, throws a punch at Troy Lowry in a 2001 fight

Camacho was rushed to Centro Medico, the trauma center in San Juan, where he was in critical but stable condition, Dr. Ernesto Torres, the hospital director, told reporters.

The bullet apparently struck him in the jaw but exited his head and lodged in his right shoulder and fractured two vertebrae, Torres said.

The doctor said the boxer, who was
trailed by drug and alcohol problems during a career that included some
high-profile bouts, could be paralyzed from the shooting.

'Camacho's condition is extremely delicate,' he told Telenoticias. 'His physical condition will help him but we will see.'

Fallen champion: Hector Camacho was shot in the face while in a car outside a bar in Puerto Rico

Fallen champion: Hector Camacho was shot in the face while in a car outside a bar in Puerto Rico

No arrests have been made in the shooting, police said.

Camacho representative Steve Tannenbaum said he was told by friends at the hospital that the boxer would make it.

'This guy is a cat with nine lives. He's been through so much,' he said. 'If anybody can pull through it will be him.'

The fighter's last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997, a loss by unanimous decision.

Tannenbaum said he was going to fight two years ago in Denmark until his opponent pulled out and that they were looking at a possible bout in 2013.

'We were talking comeback even though he is 50,' he said. 'I felt he was capable of it.'

Camacho was born in Bayamon, one of the cities that make up the San Juan metropolitan area. He won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980s.

Camacho has fought other high-profile bouts in his career against Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Camacho knocked out Leonard in 1997, ending what was that former champ's final comeback attempt.

Retired: Camacho's last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997, a loss by unanimous decision

Retired: Camacho's last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997, a loss by unanimous decision

Camacho has a career record of 79-5-3, with his most recent fight coming in 2009.

Drug, alcohol and other problems have trailed Camacho since the prime of his boxing career.

He was sentenced in 2007 to seven years in prison for the burglary of a computer store in Mississippi.

While arresting him on the burglary charge in January 2005, police also found the drug ecstasy.

A judge eventually suspended all but one year of the sentence and gave Camacho probation. He wound up serving two weeks in jail, though, after violating that probation.

Twice his wife filed domestic abuse complaints against him, and she filed for divorce several years ago.

Stuart Lancaster will change England up for Australia challenge

Ruthless Lancaster will change England up for Aussie challenge in bid to find top gear

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23:24 GMT, 11 November 2012

From a coaching perspective, the scenario is perfect. A half-century of points and seven tries to ignite this autumn campaign, but enough glitches along the way to ensure England’s players will be subjected to a harsh post-mortem.

Stuart Lancaster and his assistants have the luxury of conducting a critical review on the back of a rousing victory. They will have ample ammunition at their disposal to ensure the feet of their squad are kept fixed to the floor. Five days before confronting wounded Wallabies, this is no time for back-slapping.

‘I don’t think there is any danger of us getting carried away,’ said England’s head coach. Nor should there be.

Tough call: Charlie Sharples nearly had a hat-trick of tries against Fiji but could lose his place to Chris Ashton

Tough call: Charlie Sharples nearly had a hat-trick of tries against Fiji but could lose his place to Chris Ashton

He added: ‘You only have to look at the players in the changing room — they were quite pleased with the performance but they weren’t shouting from the rooftops.

‘We recognise the challenges ahead and we know we’ll have to up our game to win next week.’

It is absolutely vital for England’s prospects in the next three weeks that all the holes in their performance in this first QBE International against sadly poor opposition are laid bare. For all the gloss of the final scoreline and the undoubted class of some of the home side’s attacking craft on Saturday, there are issues to address. The video screening on Monday will illuminate several gremlins.

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Full back Alex Goode produced ample evidence that he should be a contender for next summer’s tour, with a man-of-the-match performance full of guile and nous.

Captain Chris Robshaw was typically full of energy and endeavour, without dramatically advancing his own case for selection, while Danny Care showcased the speed and eye for a gap which would be such an asset in Australia.

Manu Tuilagi is another who took a positive step in the right direction with his power running, his improved distribution and his tries.

Before the eulogies, let’s tackle what the management would term the ‘work-ons’. First of all, England were dreadful for almost the entire first quarter; conceding the initiative to their outclassed rivals and failing to regain it in a hurry. After 15 minutes they had claimed 19 per cent of the possession, they were hemmed in their own half, they fell off a few tackles and had to scramble feverishly to defend their line.

Even when that slow start had been worked out of the collective system, Lancaster’s men were not as slick as they should have been after a fortnight of painstaking preparation. Too often passes were sent high or wide of their intended recipient, or simply released too soon, the re-start was a mess throughout and there were some moments of dubious decision-making, such as when Dan Cole ignored an overlap on the right, ploughed on to the line but was held up.

On the back of a robust, probing review, it is equally crucial that selection this week is approached with a critical eye and a ruthless streak. The old mantra about not changing a winning team can be dismissed as a red herring in this instance.

Expanding repertoire: Centre Manu Tuilagi bagged a brace of tries of Twickenham on Saturday

Expanding repertoire: Centre Manu Tuilagi bagged a brace of tries of Twickenham on Saturday

There is a case to consider several changes, with Chris Ashton available again after his one-game ban, leaving one of Saturday’s try-scoring wings, Ugo Monye and Charlie Sharples, vulnerable to a cruel cut. Sharples struck twice, very nearly had a hat-trick and was particularly dangerous and dynamic, but he — like Ashton — favours the right flank, which may count against him.

Elsewhere, Thomas Waldrom was heavily involved but not a dominant, marauding presence at No 8, so Ben Morgan should be in strong contention to replace him. Tom Wood was sufficiently prominent in the closing stages to give Lancaster cause to consider starting him ahead of Tom Johnson.

In the front row, Joe Marler went off early in the second half after suffering a back spasm and despite his forceful scrummaging contribution, Alex Corbisiero has a chance to usurp him at loosehead. Rookie lock Joe Launchbury could further reduce the cap-count by taking over from his Wasps team-mate Tom Palmer.

Lancaster indicated that he is ready to make tough calls by removing men who featured strongly in this emphatic win.

Man of the match: England full back Alex Goode (second left) started the autumn internationals in style

Man of the match: England full back Alex Goode (second left) started the autumn internationals in style

‘The selection philosophy will always be to pick the best side we can to win the next game,’ he said. ‘If that means players retain the shirt or other players will get opportunities, then that’s what we will do.

‘With the likes of Alex Corbisiero, Chris Ashton and Jonathan Joseph coming back into the equation, we’ve got some decisions to make leading into the Australia game.’

For now, thrusting London Irish centre Joseph straight back into the starting midfield seems an unnecessary disruption. On Saturday, Brad Barritt displayed more of his attacking qualities and Manu Tuilagi alongside him was typically effective in generating precious momentum, while also showing an improved awareness of support runners around him. There were several off-loads from the Anglo-Samoan Tiger; some effective and some on the wild side, but he is certainly expanding his repertoire.

Choices: Thomas Waldrom (centre) faces a fight to keep his place at No 8 ahead of Ben Morgan

Choices: Thomas Waldrom (centre) faces a fight to keep his place at No 8 ahead of Ben Morgan

Having shone a bright light on England’s shortcomings, it is only fair to emphasise that these were far outweighed by lots of encouraging aspects against Fiji. While the Pacific Island side were able to claim two tries, the home defence was largely rock solid, as was the set-piece work, with the scrum in total command and debutant hooker Tom Youngs’ line-out throwing in perfect working order.

Best of all, Alex Goode at full back delivered a majestic performance to enhance England’s attacking potency significantly. He popped up at various points in the line, running cleverly, using his deft footwork to good effect and sharing the playmaker’s load with Toby Flood.

Once the first-quarter problems had been rectified the hosts swept away from Fiji. Sharples cut inside and twisted through several tackles for his first strike, the home pack won a penalty try with their dominant scrum and Goode’s quick tap penalty allowed Monye to glide over on the left just before the break. In the second half, crisp handling from Goode and Chris Robshaw allowed Johnson to apply a simple finish on the right, then Sharples pounced on the opposite wing and Tuilagi punished a tiring Fiji defence with his brace late on.

Hair-raising: The unmistakable figure of Joe Marler may lose his spot in the front row to Alex Corbisiero

Hair-raising: The unmistakable figure of Joe Marler may lose his spot in the front row to Alex Corbisiero

The fact that Manasa Saulo’s try gave the visitors a consolation and the last word in this game will be one of those issues addressed in today’s review.

England are up and running, but they must reach greater heights when the serious business starts in five days’ time.

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West Brom midfielder Scott Allan allegedly runs over pedestrian

West Brom midfielder allegedly runs over pedestrian then gets sent off in FA Cup

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UPDATED:

20:44 GMT, 3 November 2012

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Scott Allan has been questioned by police after allegedly reversing over a man on Friday.

The 20-year-old, currently on a month's loan at Portsmouth, is supposed to have been reversing his Audi Q7 in the road when it hit the pedestrian and left him with critical head injuries.

Allan then played against Notts County on Saturday in the first round of the FA Cup – and was sent off for kicking Jamal Campbell-Rice.

Investigation: Portsmouth confirmed Scott Allan had been involved in an incident

Investigation: Portsmouth confirmed Scott Allan had been involved in an incident

Portsmouth confirmed the Scottish U21 international had been involved in a road accident but made no further comment.

The incident occurred in Southsea,
Portsmouth, and Waverly Road was closed for two hours while paramedics
battled to save the pedestrian's life.

A police spokesman said: 'The
pedestrian is a man from the Southsea area, and was seriously injured
and treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to Queen Alexandra
Hospital in Cosham.

'He was later transferred to the neurological unit at Southampton General and remains in a critical condition.'

The authorities confirmed the Audi driver was uninjured in the collision.

Hospital: The pedestrian is in a critical condition

Hospital: The pedestrian is in a critical condition

Giovanni Trapattoni faces Ireland revolt

Trapattoni struggles to control player revolt as Kelly refuses to board plane

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22:18 GMT, 14 October 2012

Giovanni Trapattoni was forced to quell a player revolt before the squad left for the critical World Cup qualifier in the Faroe Islands.

Defender Stephen Kelly, who was not used during Friday’s shocking home defeat to Germany, rowed with Trapattoni’s assistant Marco Tardelli after the final training session in Malahide on Sunday morning.

Sportsmail understands the bust-up occurred before the team were due to depart for the Faroe Islands.

Revolt: Stephen Kelly (right) refused to board the Ireland plane

Revolt: Stephen Kelly (right) refused to board the Ireland plane

And the Fulham full-back, who was overlooked in favour of Everton’s Seamus Coleman and Toronto FC centre-back Darren O’Dea for the 6-1 loss, threatened not to board the flight to Vagar.

Trapattoni and senior FAI figures were forced to intervene in the row to placate Kelly and persuaded the Dubliner to get on the flight to the north Atlantic island.

Kelly is expected to train with the whole Ireland squad on the plastic surface in Torshavn today but is now almost certain to be among the substitutes for Ireland’s third qualifier in the World Cup 2014 campaign.

After O’Dea’s woeful performance alongside Ireland’s stand-in captain John O’ Shea, the former Celtic man was expected to be left out, but Trapattoni may now turn to him to face the minnows from the Faroes who have only won a handful of qualifying points.

In trouble: Giovanni Trapattoni

In trouble: Giovanni Trapattoni

The row is the latest blow for under-fire Ireland manager Trapattoni, who faced calls to quit his 1.2million-a-year role after the worst home defeat in a competitive match on Friday night.

The Italian coach has been accused of falling out with members of his squad and staff throughout his four-and-a-half year reign.

But an unsavoury argument with mild-mannered Kelly, who has been in the squad since the former Italy boss took over, will be a new low for the under pressure regime.

Korean Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso insists Ferrari won"t buckle to Red Bull charge

Korea defining Alonso ready for Vettel fight as leader insists Ferrari won't buckle

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07:35 GMT, 11 October 2012

Fernando Alonso has every confidence Ferrari will not cave in under pressure from Red Bull as the 2012 season reaches a critical moment in South Korea this weekend.

Alonso has led the drivers' championship since winning the European Grand Prix at Valencia, but he is in danger of becoming the hunter rather than the hunted with Sebastian Vettel lying just four points behind the Spaniard.

Vettel took the win at the Japanese Grand Prix as Alonso was eliminated following a first-corner clash with Kimi Raikkonen.

Under pressure: World championship leader Fernando Alonso knows he faces a battle with Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel in Yeongam

Under pressure: World championship leader Fernando Alonso knows he faces a battle with Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel in Yeongam

The Korea International Circuit proved to be a strong track for Red Bull in 2011 as Vettel took his 10th victory of his remarkable march to a second world title.

A repeat of that result this weekend would see the German leapfrog his rival, and with a lack of qualifying pace undermining Ferrari's race efforts, Alonso appears to be facing an uphill battle.

But the 31-year-old is backing the Maranello squad to help him take the title battle all the way to the final race in Brazil.

'I am sure we can be in the fight right down to the wire,' said Alonso.

'The people who are working on the car are the same who have done the job so far and there's no reason to think they can't do a good job again now.

Walk this way: Alonso arrives at the Korea International Circuit on Thursday

Walk this way: Alonso arrives at the Korea International Circuit on Thursday

Start me up: Ferrari mechanics prepare Alonso's race car before the start of the first practice session

Start me up: Ferrari mechanics prepare Alonso's race car before the start of the first practice session

'Let's not forget that, if I am still leading the Championship, it's because we have been capable of improving the car significantly compared to the start of the season and also because we are capable of always getting the most out of what we have to work with.

'We have not been gifted anything, indeed Spa and Suzuka deprived us of places that were easily within our grasp.

'It's not through some sort of divine miracle that we are in this position, it is down to the work of all us, from first to last. Formula One is a team sport: you win and you lose together.'

Ferrari will bring several small updates to Yeongnam as they look to keep Alonso in the hunt, with a more considerable upgrade to be introduced ahead of the Indian Grand Prix.

In the shade: Vettel appears relaxed as he gets ready to continue his battle to retain his world title

In the shade: Vettel appears relaxed as he gets ready to continue his battle to retain his world title

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Technical director Pat Fry said: 'We are currently closer to McLaren but there's still a gap to Red Bull, so we need to keep working on car development.

'I think looking back at recent races, we have been bringing small updates to every race, even if we made a few small errors in Singapore, but we worked out what they were and sorted them out in time for Japan.

'When you have a constant drive for performance, you need to take some risks and there will be four small updates on the car in Korea, with more significant changes in the races after that.

'Overall for the last five races, we need to stay calm and ensure that everything we do counts. There's more to come, even if we have a way to go to catch up. But we are never going to give up and we'll be trying all the way to Brazil.'

Bobby Charlton 75th birthday tribute by Jeff Powell

Jeff Powell: Happy 75th birthday, Sir Bobby Charlton… England's greatest midfielder

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07:11 GMT, 11 October 2012

For decades the first two words of English learned by millions of kids in foreign lands were ‘Bobby Charlton’.

Across the planet, countless football lovers will join us in wishing the first gentleman of the greatest game the most splendid of landmark birthdays.

Sir Bobby is turning 75.

If the cap fits: A photoshoot to celebrate Bobby winning his 100th cap in 1970

If the cap fits: A photoshoot to celebrate Bobby winning his 100th cap against Northern Ireland in 1970

Have today’s celebrity footballers learned anything from the critical scrutiny of their conduct these past weeks

If so, as they take the Wembley field against San Marino, they will doff their international caps to an unblemished icon whose own 106 appearances for England include the half-dozen which were crucial to England’s only winning of the World Cup.

Whole world in his hands: Bobby celebrates the 1966 World Cup triumph

Whole world in his hands: Bobby celebrates the 1966 World Cup triumph

Never sent off. Rarely, if ever, heard to utter an expletive. Still England’s all-time top scorer with 49 peerless goals — and, for that matter, still Manchester United’s record marksman with 249. Not bad for a midfield player, albeit his country’s greatest.

Happy birthday, Bobby, and many of them.

Still got it: Sir Bobby in Israel working for the Football for Peace project in 2009

Still got it: Sir Bobby in Israel working for the Football for Peace project in 2009

Boris Vukcevic crash: Hoffenheim play Augsburg

Hoffenheim to face Augsburg despite Vukcevic lying in coma after smash

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12:06 GMT, 29 September 2012

Hoffenheim's players have been told to go out and play for Boris Vukcevic by the parents of the midfielder, who is still in intensive care in a Heidelberg hospital following a road accident on Friday.

Hoffenheim host Augsburg on Saturday afternoon aware that the 22-year-old remains in a critical condition after suffering serious head injuries in the crash.

However, Vukcevic's parents, who are keeping a bedside vigil, say Boris would want them to fight for him.

Crash: Bors Vukcevic is in a coma after suffering life-threatening injuries

Crash: Bors Vukcevic is in a coma after suffering life-threatening injuries

'This is the most difficult situation the team has ever been in,' the club's general manager Andreas Muller said.

'We would have been able to call the game off, but the team decided unanimously to play.

'We want our positive energy to be transmitted to the lad. We want to fight for Boris because he is also a fighter.'

Their decision to take to the field at the Rhein-Neckar Arena was taken after receiving a message from the player's parents.

Destruction: Vukcevic was involved in head-on collision on Friday

Destruction: Vukcevic was involved in head-on collision on Friday

'After receiving that, the team and the club decided to play,' Muller added.

Vukcevic is in an induced coma after undergoing emergency surgery.

The former Germany Under 21 international's car collided head on with a lorry on a main road near the club's training ground and he had to be cut free by firefighters before being airlifted to hospital.

The driver of the lorry also needed hospital treatment for minor injuries.

Boris Vukcevic in coma after car crash

German star Vukcevic in coma after suffering 'life-threatening' injuries in car crash

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16:04 GMT, 28 September 2012

Hoffenheim midfielder Boris Vukcevic is in an induced coma in a Heidelberg clinic after receiving 'life-threatening' injuries in a road accident on Friday.

The 22-year-old's car was involved in a collision with a lorry on a main road not far from the club's training ground in Sinsheim.

He was airlifted to hospital after receiving life-threatening head injuries, according to a statement from the Bundesliga club.

Crash: Vukcevic is in an induced coma after suffering 'life-threatening' injuries

Crash: Vukcevic is in an induced coma after suffering 'life-threatening' injuries

Vukcevic underwent surgery immediately upon arrival at the clinic and is reported to be in a 'critical condition' with no prognosis for recovery.

Vukcevic has been a regular in the Hoffenheim side since making his debut in May 2009, playing a total of 78 times, and he has also been capped by Germany's under-21s.

'This news has shaken us,' said Hoffenheim's general manager Andreas Muller. 'The team, the coach and everybody here are shocked.

'Our thoughts are with Boris and his family.'

Hoffenheim are due to play Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon.