Cesar Azpilicueta suffered a horror blow to the face when Sekou Mara tried an overhead kick in vastly distressing scenes.
The Solar studies the Chelsea defender, 33, was struck by the stray boot in his personal penalty space throughout his aspect’s Premier League defeat to Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
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He instantly fell to the bottom and was stricken as teammates and opposition gamers desperately known as medical workers on to hurry on and help.
Replays weren’t proven on the Premier League reside feed because the remedy continued.
Membership medical doctors from each groups initially tended to the membership captain however St John’s Ambulance paramedics took over in disturbing scenes in West London.
Gamers on either side seemed visibly shocked after the freak unintended incident.
The match was stopped for ten minutes earlier than he was positioned on the stretcher with a neck brace and oxygen masks.
He was given a rapturous applause and had his title chanted on his approach in the direction of the ambulance emergency exit of the stadium.
And the Spanish veteran was undoubtedly acutely aware as he gave a wave to the followers.
Talking after the match, supervisor Graham Potter revealed that at one stage Azpilicueta slipped out of consciousness.
However he had excellent news on his situation, revealing the defender was in a position to speak to his spouse.
He stated: “He’s in hospital, the perfect place. He’s acutely aware and he’s chatting with his spouse.”
The fourth official added 12 minutes of harm time on the finish of the sport following the 74th-minute horror second, for which Mara acquired a yellow card.
Supporters at house to took to Twitter to ship their finest needs to Azpilicueta, who has the nickname of Dave.
One stated: “I hope Azpilicueta is okay. That seemed horrible, it actually did. Actual class proven by each the workforce’s medical staffs. Simply hoping he’s okay.”
One other wrote: “Terrible harm to our Dave. I hope to goodness it’s not as severe because it appears.”
And a 3rd added: “Scary scenes at Stamford Bridge – prayers for Azpilicueta.”
Chelsea additionally wrote a “keep robust skipper” message.
The Blues misplaced 1-0 to bottom-side Saints due to James Ward-Prowse’s very good free-kick simply earlier than halftime.
This text initially appeared in The Solar and was reproduced with permission.