In the Chelsea vs Southampton match last weekend, Azpilicueta was taken to the hospital after sustaining a severe head injury. The 33-year-old player was reportedly unconscious after Southampton substitute Sekou Mara attempted a high kick but accidentally hit Azpilicueta’s face.
The atmosphere around Stamford Bridge was hushed as they witnessed the terrible collision that made the Spanish player have to receive oxygen and be treated by both teams’ medical staff for nearly 10 minutes on the field. Azpilicueta was then taken out of the field on a stretcher, with a neck brace, and sent directly to the hospital.
“He is in the hospital and in good hands. He’s awake, and I think he’s speaking with his wife. So, it’s good,” said Coach Potter after Chelsea’s loss at home to the bottom-of-the-table team.
After a few days of active treatment and monitoring, Azpilicueta’s condition seems to have improved significantly. The Spanish international posted an update after undergoing medical tests at the hospital, with a picture of him smiling and giving a thumbs up.
During today’s training session at the Cobham training center, Azpilicueta appeared but did not participate in any training activities with his teammates. The Spanish player even posed for a photo while enjoying a drink with Coach Graham Potter during the team’s training.
Chelsea issued a brief statement saying: Following a concussion injury sustained in the Southampton match on Saturday, Cesar Azpilicueta has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering well at Cobham. The club’s medical team is closely monitoring Cesar’s condition, following the necessary concussion protocols to ensure his safety. Cesar has observed today’s training session, before beginning work to return to the field.
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