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03rd Jun 2018

Ashley Williams posts picture from hospital after puncturing lung against Mexico

The Wales captain collided with Javier Hernandez in the friendly

Darragh Murphy

Ashley Williams suffered a very serious injury this week.

Williams’ first match in almost three months ended with the defender limping off the pitch in agony when Wales played out a 0-0 draw with Mexico in an international friendly on Tuesday.

The centre-half complained of pain in his midsection following a collision with Mexican striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and he was replaced by Tom Lockyer after just 20 minutes.

And Williams has since revealed the extent of his injuries, posting a photo of himself from his hospital bed after successful surgery on a punctured lung.

The 33-year-old, who was making his first appearance since he featured for Everton against Burnley on March 3, also suffered broken ribs in the collision.

“[A] crazy couple weeks.. great to be back in a Wales shirt and with the lads, however after coming off after 20 mins with multiple breaks on two ribs, I went hospital & found out I had punctured my left lung which led to it collapsing,” Williams wrote on Facebook.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Ronald Reagan UCLA hospital in Beverley Hills for looking after me and making sure surgery went as comfortable as possible. Look forward to flying home and resting up now before the new season!”