Saturday, March 4, 2017

Fernando Torres calls head injury a "scare"

Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres is stretchered off after suffering a head injury during a La Liga tie against Deportivo La Coruna in Madrid on Thursday. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. pics/AFP

Madrid: The clash of heads reverberated around the stadium, everyone watching feared the worse, but Fernando Torres insisted it was just “a scare.” The 32-year-old Spanish striker was rushed to hospital after being hit from behind by Deportivo La Coruna’s Alex Bergantinos five minutes before the end of the game. He hit the ground hard and appeared to have already lost consciousness.

Players from both sides immediately called for urgent medical attention. Distressed Atletico defender Jose Maria Gimenez was seen crying. Deportivo fans gave the former Spanish international a standing ovation of encouragement as he was stretchered off the field. But a CT scan revealed Torres suffered no traumatic brain injuries. And the striker sent out a message on Twitter from his hospital bed just after midnight. “Thanks to all of you who were worried and for your messages of encouragement,” Torres said. “It was just a scare. I hope to be back soon.”

Fernando Torres lies on the field after missing a goal yesterday

Atletico also confirmed that no serious damage had apparently been inflicted. “A cranial and cervical CT scan carried out on Fernando Torres has ruled out that the Rojiblanco striker has suffered any alterations or traumatic injuries,” Atletico said in a statement.

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