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