The Portuguese tactician said his fellow countryman would be okay while revealing that the assessment carried out on him on Tuesday, March 16, came out well for the 33-year-old goalkeeper.
Rui Patricio was the talk of the match between Liverpool and Wolves as he and his teammate Conor Coady were involved in an accident on the pitch during the game. The accident could not inspire Wolves to get a point off Liverpool as the match ended 0-1 in favor of the Merseyside club.
Coady who is currently the captain of Wolves was trying to prevent Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah from scoring in the 85th minute of the game but his knee landed on the head of Rui Patricio who was also trying to defend Salah’s goal attempt.
Salah’s attempt ended at the back of the net but the referee ruled it out for an offside. However, Rui Patricio ended up lying motionless on the pitch until Wolves’ medical team rushed to the pitch to attend to him.
After minutes of treating him on the pitch, he was taken out on a stretcher and it was announced that the intensity of the injury would be assessed on Tuesday which has been done as confirmed by coach Nuno Espirito.
The coach who experienced a similar situation with his striker, Raul Jimenez, earlier this season, said Rui Patricio is currently recovery at home but didn’t confirm when the goalkeeper will return to action.
“Rui Patricio is OK,” Nuno told BBC Sport. He’s conscious, he’s aware and he remembers what happened. The assessment is positive – he’s going to be OK.”
Rui Patricio has been a player of Wolves since July 1, 2018, after he secured a move from Sporting Lisbon for a transfer fee worth €18 million.
Since then, the goalkeeper has kept 35 clean sheets, and conceded 138 goals in 119 appearances. So far this season, the Portuguese goalkeeper has kept a total of 8 clean sheets and conceded 38 goals in 29 games.
While Rui Patricio was battling for his life, the club’s injured striker Raul Jimenez was spotted on the stands of the Molineux Stadium. Recall that on 29 November 2020, Jimenez got a fractured skull in Wolves’ 2-1 win over Arsenal.
Since then, he has been out of football. But the Mexican striker has started training with headgear in anticipation of his return to the game.