Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta released from hospital after suffering head injury
- Azpilicueta suffered head injury
- Was given oxygen and taken to hospital
- Chelsea give fresh update on defender
WHAT HAPPENED? Azpilicueta was stretchered off and taken to hospital after he was on the receiving end of a high boot from Southampton's Sekou Mara in Saturday's Premier League clash. The 33-year-old shared an update on Twitter, thanking everyone who helped care for him. "My family and I would like to thank everyone who has been looking after me since yesterday’s incident," he wrote.
Hi everyone!— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) February 19, 2023
Thank you all for your love and messages of support!
My family and I would like to thank everyone who has been looking after me since yesterday’s incident… pic.twitter.com/suBCdIQbj6
"From the Chelsea medical team, to teammates and opponents, to St Mary’s and Cleveland Hospital and all staff members and doctors: a massive thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now, time to recover and I will see you soon on the pitch!"
Chelsea confirmed on Tuesday morning that Azpilicueta has been discharged from hospital, and the club will now monitor his recovery with a view to getting him back on the pitch as soon as a possible.
"Following a concussion injury sustained during Saturday’s game against Southampton, César Azpilicueta has been discharged from hospital and is recovering well at Cobham," an official club statement reads. "The club’s medical team are closely monitoring César’s condition, adhering to the important concussion protocols in place to ensure his safety. César observed training today, before he starts working towards returning to the pitch."
Following a concussion injury sustained during Saturday’s game against Southampton, César Azpilicueta has been discharged from hospital and is recovering well at Cobham.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 21, 2023
THE BIGGER PICTURE: The match was stopped for 10 minutes as medical staff attended to his injury. Azpilicueta was given oxygen, sparking fears that the injury was a serious one, but the Spaniard was able to wave to fans as he was carried off.
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WHAT NEXT FOR AZPILICUETA? It is not yet known how long the Chelsea star will be out of action but coach Graham Potter will hope to have him available for this weekend's London derby clash against Tottenham.