SURGEONS have had to remove part of Steelers’ star Rod Sarich’s kidneys after an agonising injury suffered during Sunday’s game at Sheffield Arena.
Sarich believes he suffered an elbow to the side of his body against Nottingham Panthers and says he immediately suffered excruciating pain.
Typically, the 30-year-old Canadian continued to play on – and assisted on Mark Thomas’ game winning goal.
But later that night he was admitted to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where medics feared, at one stage, he could lose a kidney.
Eventually, they removed around 15 per cent of the organ in the hope that would stop the internal bleeding Sarich had been suffering.
The seven-season Steeler is now under observation, hoping that no further surgery is required.
Sarich claims one of Panthers’ “smaller players” elbowed him just under his ribs when the pair collided.
The defenceman is ruled out for the rest of the season.