Sergio Rico's wife has confirmed that the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star is talking for the first time since his horse riding accident last month.
Rico, 29, suffered a head injury after falling off a horse during in Sevilla, Spain on May 28. He was taken to the Virgen del Rocio Hospital after picking up a subarachnoid hemorrhage and a spinal complication.
Earlier last week, the right-footed goalkeeper woke from a coma. During a recent interview with Antena3, Alba Silva spoke about her husband and his current condition in intensive care. She said:
"He is improving. He is communicating. He calls us by name and everything, he knows perfectly who all of us who enter [his room] are and has a great memory. I hope they will transfer him to the ward as soon as possible, but they have to be sure and they haven't decided yet, so when they decide, we trust them."
When asked if Rico has any memory of his accident, Silva responded:
"I think he doesn't remember the incident, but we just can't know yet... until he can talk [about it]. We are trying to keep him cool and calm while we're together now and that's it."
After the three-time Europa League winner's accident, PSG paid tribute to the star during their final Ligue 1 contest of the 2022-23 season. Kylian Mbappe celebrated his 21st-minute goal in his team's 3-2 loss against Clermont Foot by holding up the Spaniard's #16 jersey. The Parisian fans also held up a giant replica of his shirt in the stands.
Rico, who is in the final 12 months of his deal, joined PSG from Sevilla initially on loan before finalising a €6 million move in 2020. He has lifted seven trophies with them so far, including three Ligue 1 titles.
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