Fernando Torres is now “stable and conscious” after suffering a horrific head injury in a collision with a defender.
The former Liverpool FC striker who now plays for Atletico Madrid appeared to be unconscious after he and Deportivo La Coruna defender Alex Bergantinos both went for a ball in the air in last night’s clash between the Spanish sides.
“The player, who is stable, conscious and lucid, had to be rushed in an ambulance after being stabilised according to the usual protocol, before being admitted to La Coruna’s Modelo Hospital.”
He spent the night in hospital under observation.
The nasty clash occurred in the 84th minute of the match.
The striker was given mouth to mouth by other players before being taken from the pitch by medical staff.
The star himself tweeted just before midnight: “Many thanks to everyone for worrying about me, and for your messages of encouragement. It was just a scare. I hope to return very soon!”
Atletico players were visibly upset by the injury, with some in tears.
Alex Bergantinos made a late-night trip to check up on the striker, alongside his manager Pepe Mel.
He said: “On the field, I was praying he would recover consciousness as soon as possible,
“It was a head-to-head clash but he didn’t expect it. Luckily the doctors were able to stabilise him.
“You play on because you have to keep going, but you no longer think about the game.”
Atletico boss Simeone had said shortly after the game: “Worried, nervous….those are the feelings after he suffered such a heavy blow.
“We heard the blow from the bench, we saw how he fell and we were afraid. We didn’t know if that noise was Fernando’s neck or not.
“They are unfortunate situations that happen in matches and we’re hoping for the best for Fernando.