Inter's Cristian Chivu is carried off on a stretcher after a clash of heads with the Chievo captain, Sergio Pellissier. Photograph: Franco Debernadi/AP
"Mario Balotelli's goal gave the league leaders, Internazionale, a winning start to 2010 but the fractured skull suffered by the defender Cristian Chivu soured their 1-0 victory at Chievo.
Balotelli scored the game's only goal in the 12th minute to settle the contest before a clash of heads between Chievo's captain, Sergio Pellissier, and Chivu in the opening moments of the second half led to the Inter defender being taken to hospital to relieve a haematoma and have bone fragments removed.
The Romanian's life is not in danger but he will have to stay under observation in Verona for some time. "Everything went normally and therefore we are quite confident the patient can recover without problems," doctor Sergio Turazzi said after the operation."
I am deeply saddened by this tragic event, he could have died, it's a very bad injury, I don't know how much it will change his career, especially since Man City were watching him for a while and were about to make a move. Don't know how this will change things now for his career.
I hope he gets better soon. :'(