32 year old Atletico Madrid striker, Fernando Torres, suffered a ‘traumatic brain injury’ after he was knocked unconscious in the dying stages of Atletico Madrid’s 1-1 draw at Deportivo la Coruna on Thursday ..
Torres, was hit from behind by Deportivo’s Alex Bergantinos in a clash of heads in the 85th minute and hit the ground hard as he appeared to have already lost consciousness.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea attacker was left stricken on the turf as teammates and medical staff attended to him, with coach Diego Simeone having insisted he “heard a crack” from the dugout area..
Atletico said in a statement;
“Fernando Torres has a traumatic brain injury and has been transferred to hospital for tests,”
“Our player, who is stable, suffered a heavy blow to the head in the final stages of the match and had to be taken quickly to hospital by ambulance.
“The striker will spend the night under observation.”
Distressed Atletico defender Jose Maria Gimenez was seen crying, while Deportivo fans gave the former Spanish international a standing ovation as he was carried from the field.
Atletico left-back Filipe Luis told BeIN Sports;
“We are all scared,”
“The news we have received until now is good. The most important thing is that Fernando is ok.”
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