Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres was stretchered off the pitch Thursday night, after suffering a brutal head clash with a Deportivo La Coruna player during their La Liga encounter.
Torres and Alex Bergantinos’ heads had come together in a sickening blow after a challenge for an aerial ball in the 85th minute, which left Torres unconscious as his head fell limply to the floor.
Medics and players from both sides rushed to the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker’s aid before he was rushed to hospital in a pitchside ambulance. Initial reports from Atletico Madrid just after full time said he had suffered a ‘traumatic brain injury.’
Radio Marca later reported that they had been told by Torres’s agent, Antonio Sanz, that the 32-year-old was conscious and talking while being taken to hospital in an ambulance. This was confirmed by the club in a following update describing ‘good news’ and that a CT scan had revealed there was not in fact any trauma and that he was conscious and orientated but would remain in hospital overnight for observation.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone said during a post match press conference: ‘We are worried and nervous by Torres,’ adding: ‘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.’
Torres later tweeted his thanks to well wishers saying: “It was just a scare. I hope to return soon!”
The home side had fallen behind in the 13th minute, when Florin Andone slotted in after a poor goal kick from Jan Oblak. This goal was cancelled out by a spectacular 68th minute strike by Antoine Griezmann. But the players enthusiasm for the remainder of the game was missing after witnessing the worrying injury received by 32-year-old Torres.