March 29th, 2011
Mascherano Injures Pinkie Toe Faking Injury but in Stable Condition
Argentinean midfielder Javier Mascherano is listed in stable condition but has been admitted to Newark General Hospital for overnight observation.
In the 85th minute of today’s international friendly at the Meadowlands, Mascherano collapsed on the field and rolled around in apparent agony grabbing his face and gesturing towards the referee and United States midfielder Michael Bradley. Play was stopped and Bradley, the nearest US player to the incident, was eventually shown a yellow card. Replays showed Mascherano tapping Bradley on the back, and as the US midfielder turned, throwing his arms in the air, and grasping his face. No one was quite sure what had happened but as there was a clear injury, referee Garcia Orozco had no choice but to show the US a yellow. Mascherano remained prone and unmoving on the field for seven minutes until he was informed that Bradley had received a yellow card. He was miraculously able to gather himself and continue playing: a truly heroic performance.
However, following the match Mascherano was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. “The second he entered the hospital I went to shake his hand, but before I could touch him he fell down screaming in agony and clutching his shin. I thought he was stroking,” said Dr. Reid Sakamoto, Dean of Medicine at Newark. “Apparently when he fell down he stubbed his toe pretty badly. I saw the same injury on a four-year-old the other day, though I must say, Mr. Mascherano seemed to be in much more pain.”
On Mascherano’s over night stay, Dr. Sakamoto had this to say, “[He] doesn’t really need to be here, but he complained to his coach for about an hour and Mr. Batista [Argentine Manager] convinced me to admit Mr. Mascherano over night for ‘psychological reasons.’”
Mascherano could not be reached for comment, though via his twitter page he has suggested a life time ban and the death penalty for Bradley and a suspension and fine for Orozco whom he suggested was far too forgiving of the dangerous foul.
The United States scored in the 59th minute to knot the score at 1-1 and eventually earn the draw.