SOUTH KOREA star Lee Seung-mo broke his NECK in a sickening fall in the K-League play-offs yesterday.
The Gwangju FC star, 20, went up for a header and landed on his neck in a disturbing passage of play – also breaking his finger in the process.
YouTube / SPO TV5 Lee Seung-mo fell on his neck after going up for a header
Lee lost consciousness in the fall and was rushed to hospital where it was revealed he broke three vertebrae.
Speaking on the incident, a club spokesperson said: "He only remembers going for the header and then he lost his memory until he arrived at the emergency room.
"He regained consciousness after arrival at the emergency room in Yuseong-Sun Hospital. He complained of pain in my left and my back.
"There was no abnormality in the CT scan, only three fractures of the cervical vertebrae.
Instagram / @gwangju_fc5 Lee Seung-mo broke his neck in a sickening fall yesterday
Instagram / @mo._seung5 Lee Seung-mo will now be in hospital for around three weeks to recover
"He was transferred to the hospital of Chosun University in Gwangju that night and interviewed with a neurosurgery attending physician.
"The left-hand finger fracture was confirmed."
Lee will now be out for around three months – and will be watched at hospital for the next few weeks.
The statement continued: "He will be discharged from hospital for two to three weeks after stabilisation and restoration because there are no other abnormalities.
YouTube / SPO TV5 Lee Seung-mo lost his balance in the air and landed on his neck
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YouTube / SPO TV5 Lee Seung-mo was left slumped on the turf after the sickening fall
"It will take two to three months to recover completely."
Lee was part of South Korea's Under-23 side for the Asian Games – with his nation famously winning the gold medal, allowing Son Heung-min and his team-mates to avoid military service.
But the 20-year-old's Gwangju side lost the play-off semi 1-0 at the hands of Daejeon Citizen.