Hoffenheim’s Boris Vukcevic under induced coma following car crash
“Vukicevic underwent surgery immediately and was placed in an artifical coma,” stated Hoffenheim’s sporting director Andreas Mueller.
The 22-year-old Boris Vukcevic was driving his black Mercedes-Benz on the Bammental main road in southwestern Germany, at a short distance from Hoffenheim’s training facility in Sinsheim, when his car veered into the parallel lane on account of unexplainable reasons. Boris Vukcevic went on a scary head-on collision with a lorry on the opposite end.
Initial police reports have confirmed that Boris Vukcevic was driving under the recommended speed limit at the time of the car crash.
The severity of the crash can be judged from that fact that firemen needed dismantle the car to retrieve the injured Boris Vukcevic.
"The firefighters had to cut the driver (Boris Vukcevic) out of the wrecked vehicle,” claimed an eyewitness to the car crash scene. “He was then taken away in a helicopter.”
Boris Vukcevic was air lifted to a nearby Heidelberg clinic, along with the lorry driver. However, the 50-year-old lorry driver escaped with only minor injuries.
The crash between the lorry and Boris Vukcevic’s car cost an estimated €150,000 in terms of damages.
“This news has shaken us,” said Andreas Muller. “The team, the coach and everybody here are shocked.”
The Croatian-born Boris Vukcevic is currently fighting for his life after sustaining serious head injuries and with no “foreseeable” schedule for a recovery.
“Our thoughts are with Boris and his family,” added Andreas Muller.
Since making his debut for Hoffenheim in May 2009, Boris Vukcevic has played 78 Bundesliga games for the club, scoring on six opportunities. However, Boris Vukcevic has played only one game this season, contributing one goal in Hoffenheim’s 5-3 defeat to Freiburg on 16th September. Before upgrading to Bundesliga in 2008, Boris Vukcevic featured in Germany’s Under 21s youth setup, Stuttgart.
Hoffenheim are scheduled for the club’s sixth game of the season against Augsburg at home on Saturday afternoon, and despite recent tragedy they are willing to move forward with the match.
"There has been no request for the game to be postponed," said Hoffenheim spokesman Holger Tromp. "The team have made it clear that they want to play."
The rest of Hoffenheim’s players booked-in at their usual hotel on Friday, a night before the game.
Augsburg has also making preparations as usual until further notice ahead of Saturday’s game.