Taiwo Awoniyi at the Mainz University Medical Center

Mainz have provided a positive injury update on Taiwo Awoniyi following the Liverpool loanee’s clash of heads, on a weekend that brought fear to fans and relatives back in Nigeria. 

Concerns were raised over Awoniyi after the Nigerian fell to the turf following a collision with Augsburg defender Felix Uduokhai early on in Mainz’s 1-0 home defeat on Sunday.

The 22-year-old was stretchered off in a neck brace and taken directly to the university hospital, but regained consciousness and was responsive while undergoing tests.

Mainz have now confirmed that Awoniyi suffered a concussion, spending the night in the hospital as a precautionary measure, and the striker issued a positive update on the club’s official website.

" The last thing I can remember from the incident is how I hit the ball with my head, then I passed out,” he explained.

" It was difficult for me to regain consciousness on the field and be really awake. And it also took a little while before I could remember everything. But I feel much better now.

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" I would like to praise our medical department at Mainz 05 and the Mainz University Medical Center. They looked after me very well.

" And I thank our dear God who protected me in this situation and made everything possible for me anyway.

" Unfortunately I will not be able to help my team on the pitch at Dortmund, but I will support them as much as I can. Together we will give everything for the fans and avoid relegation, I’m sure of that!”

Awoniyi’s absence will be a big blow for Mainz as they take on Dortmund on Wednesday night, with just three games left to play as they aim to fight off relegation to 2nd Division in the German League. 

He had claimed a regular starting spot in recent weeks, but now will be forced to watch from the sidelines, as his team look to finish above the likes of Fortuna Dusseldorf, Werder Bremen and Paderborn. 

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