Midfielder Wataru Endo from Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart can apparently hope for a light outcome of his serious collision in a dogfight with an opponent in the league game against Hertha BSC (2: 1).
“He is conscious after he was gone for a short time. It was checked in the hospital, there is a suspicion of a severe concussion,” reported Stuttgart interim coach Michael Wimmer after the final whistle sky-Microphone on the health of the Japan international.
VfB sports director Sven Mislintat also cautiously signaled the all-clear: “We hope that nothing is broken. He was only hit on the side,” said Mislintat and was already confident about Endo’s ambitions to participate in the upcoming World Cup finals : “We wish him that he can play for his country in Qatar.”
Shortly before the end of the game, Endo collided with Berlin’s Ivan Sunjic in a header duel and was briefly unconscious. The 29-year-old had to be brought into the cabin with a stretcher.
Japan is the first group opponent of the German national team at the World Cup in the preliminary round on November 23rd. In addition to Endo, national coach Hajime Moriyasu has called up several other Germany legionnaires in his 26-strong World Cup squad: Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ritsu Doan (SC Freiburg), Hiroki Ito (VfB Stuttgart), Maya Yoshida (Schalke 04), Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Dusseldorf) and Takuma Asano (VfL Bochum).