Barnabas Varga pictured for the first time since horror injury in Hungary win over Scotland

Barnabas Varga

Barnabas Varga has been spotted for the first time since breaking multiple bones in his face during Hungary's 1-0 win over Scotland on Sunday night

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway


Published: 25/06/2024

- 13:40

Updated: 25/06/2024

- 13:42

The 29-year-old was forced out of the match prior to Kevin Csoboth's late winner

Barnabas Varga has been spotted for the first time since breaking multiple bones in his face during Hungary's 1-0 win over Scotland on Sunday night.

The 29-year-old collided with Angus Gunn in the second half, with medics then rushing onto the field to treat the player.


A sheet was held up to protect his privacy, with Varga eventually coming off.

He has since updated fans by confirming he's had surgery, with the footballing world breathing a huge sigh of relief.

Barnabas Varga

Barnabas Varga has been spotted for the first time since breaking multiple bones in his face during Hungary's 1-0 win over Scotland on Sunday night

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A picture of Varga has now been posted online, with the striker's face looking swollen as he lay in a hospital bed.

His girlfriend, Laura Skrapits, posted with medical staff for the snap.

Varga appears to be doing well, with the Hungary forward raising his thumb and smiling despite his injuries.

Skrapits told fans on Monday: "Thank you for your kind, supportive messages.

"Barni is over the surgery. A little rest is waiting for him but he'll be fine!"

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Hungary team doctor Gergely Panics said Varga had suffered a concussion after colliding with Gunn.

And he also said the striker suffered multiple facial skull fractures, telling Magyar Nemzet: "Barni suffered a concussion during the collision and lost consciousness.

"By the time he reached the ambulance, he had already regained consciousness, after which he was taken to the clinic in Stuttgart, where, after the examination, a therapeutic plan was drawn up, according to which he would be operated on.

"Our striker suffered multiple facial skull fractures, several smaller and larger bones were broken in his face, and some were even dislocated.

"After the operation, he will be kept in for two days.

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Barnabas Varga looked bruised as he posed for a photo following Hungary's Euro 2024 win over Scotland

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"If everything goes well, he will be released on Wednesday."

UEFA have faced criticism after medics walked onto the pitch to treat Varga.

Many, including Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai, felt staff should have been quicker to react.

But UEFA are satisfied that the right course of taken was action, saying in a statement: "With regards to the medical intervention following the head injury suffered by Barnabas Varga of Hungary, we would like to clarify that the intervention of the team doctor happened within 15 seconds of the incident, followed immediately by the second stadium doctor, to conduct a first assessment of the injury and provide appropriate treatment, as per customary medical procedures.

"The qualified pitchside emergency team were waiting pitchside, according to their protocol, and arrived with the stretcher as soon as their intervention was requested by the medics to evacuate the player for his immediate transfer to hospital.

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"The coordination between all the medical staff on site was professional and everything was done in accordance with the applicable medical procedures.

"There was no delay in the treatment of and assistance to the player."

Barnabas Varga

Barnabas Varga was injured as Hungary sent Scotland crashing out of Euro 2024

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Varga is unlikely to play any part in the rest of Euro 2024.

Hungary are waiting to find out whether they can qualify for the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed teams, having picked up four points at the tournament so far.

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