Talented young sportsman in a coma after suffering a head injury

(Left) Kariym Irving, 22, is currently in a coma after collapsing following a head injury

sustained on Saturday whilst playing football

A talented young athlete who sustained a head injury playing football on Saturday is now in a coma fighting for his life.

22-year-old Kariym Irving suffered a head injury during a football match in Surrey over the weekend and later collapsed as a result after saying that he had a headache.

Fortunately the young man’s girlfriend, Christina Brandy, 23, was with him when he collapsed and called for emergency assistance.

The young man, who is currently being treated at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, has been placed in an induced coma.

The manager of the Redhill first team, Mike Maher, said: “Kariym took a knock to the head during the game but there was no sign of concussion and he decided to continue.” He continued, “Kariym is an extremely talented athlete as well as a footballer and we are all just hoping for good news. There is nothing anyone can do at the moment, it’s down to Kariym and his doctors, but we are hoping and praying he makes a full recovery.”

Mr Irving, who is 6ft 8in, is a multi-talented sportsman who plays football for Redhill FC, is a skilled rugby player and also represents Surrey in athletics competitions.

In a joint statement released by Redhill FC the club said: “All of us are praying that [Kariym] recovers and we know he is in the best place for the care and treatment he needs. […] Get well soon big fella!”

Mr Irving's family and friends continue to pray for his recovery.

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