Mexico, PSV star Lozano stretchered off with head injury

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Hirving “Chucky” Lozano was stretchered off the field not long after scoring a first-half brace in PSV Eindhoven’s 2-1 victory over Groningen on Saturday.

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Lozano was on the wrong end of an aerial challenge for the ball from Groningen defender Tim Handwerker near midfield during first-half stoppage time. Handwerker’s head made contact with the side of Lozano’s head before the Mexican star immediately tumbled to the ground.

The 23-year-old, who recently won the 2018 CONCACAF Men’s Player of the Year award, was seen continuously moving his arms and legs as he was assessed by trainers and doctors on the field. He was reportedly sent directly to the hospital for further evaluation.

The victory, sealed by Lozano’s goals in the 15th and 19th minutes, sent PSV five points clear of second-place Ajax. Lozano (13 goals in 19 league appearances) is tied for second in the Golden Boot race, two behind teammate Luuk De Jong.

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Lozano appears positioned to be the next CONCACAF star to make a big-money move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs, following in the footsteps of U.S. men’s national team wonderkid Christian Pulisic’s impending move to Chelsea. Here’s hoping for nothing but good news for Lozano and a speedy return to the field.