Enrique Ponce suffers a serious goring in Valencia (one year ago)
Enrique Ponce was hit by the bull’s horn yesterday afternoon in the bullring in Valencia, during the bullfights of Las Fallas.
19 MAR 2019 AGENCIES
The medical team of the bullring in Valencia confirmed yesterday, after attending the right-hander in the infirmary of the bullring in the Levantine town, the severity of the injury to the left knee suffered by Enrique Ponce in today’s bullfight. Fallas fair.
Specifically, the Valencian right-handed veteran, according to the doctors they have diagnosed after a first exploration, presents a serious rupture of the internal lateral and anterior cruciate ligaments of the left knee, at the expense of a second study by image of the injury in the Hospital Casa of Health , where he has been transferred.
Además, el diestro ha sido intervenido en la plaza de una “cornada en la región proximal del muslo izquierdo, infra glútea, que interesa piel, tejido celular subcutáneo y fascia superficial, seccionando el glúteo mayor con una trayectoria ascedente de unos 12 cms. y otra descendente de uno 5 cms. que alcanza el isquio”.
Ponce resultó prendido por el quinto toro de la tarde, de la divisa de Olga Jiménez, al final de la faena de muleta, cayendo a la arena con la pierna izquierda en mala postura, momento en el que sufrió la grave lesión de rodilla que hace prever que necesitará de una larga convalencia antes de poder volver a los ruedos.
Por el momento, el marido de Paloma Cuevas va a tener que colgar el capote durante una buena temporada, a la espera de ver cómo evolucionan esas lesiones sufridas en una tarde en la que esperaba dar al público de su tierra un espectáculo más agradable que una cornada y una lesión de rodilla.
One of Spain’s top bullfighters was recovering yesterday from a horrific goring in which a bull’s horn sliced through his leg, leaving a 25cm (10in) gash.
Enrique Ponce also broke his collarbone and two ribs when the bull tossed him into the air, then trampled on him as he lay on the ground covering his head with his hands.
Spanish fighting bulls can weigh up to 600kg.
The bull attacked as Ponce was preparing to finish it off with a death blow in the south-eastern city of Alicante on Tuesday.Advertisement
Doctors said the bull’s horn had pierced one side of the fighter’s right thigh and come out the other.
Ponce initially wanted to keep fighting after the attack, but was carried out of the ring and fainted. He had emergency surgery at the stadium.
Its chief surgeon, José Maria Reyes, said yesterday that Ponce was recovering well and might be out of hospital in 48 hours. He will, however, be out of action for up to six weeks.