Fernando Torres has confirmed he is okay in hospital after his horror head injury overshadowed Atletico Madrid’s draw against Deportivo.
There was tremendous concern for the forward late on in the La Liga clash following what seemed to be a clash of heads with Alex Bergantinos, with Torres rushed to hospital for scans after being knocked unconscious.
However, he took to Twitter to tell fans not to be too worried over his condition, writing: ‘Many thanks to all for your concern for me and for your messages of encouragement. It was just a scare. I hope to return very soon!’
The Spanish striker appeared to be knocked out in an aerial challenge with Bergantinos in the 85th minute of the clash on Thursday evening, hitting his head hard on the turf upon landing.
Players from both sides immediately showed tremendous concern for Torres’s health, with Atletico team-mates Gabi and Sime Vrsalijko trying to prevent the forward from swallowing his tongue.
They were later praised by the doctors treating Torres, with one medical professional quoted by Goal as saying: ‘Gabi even took a bite from Fernando when opening his mouth.
‘What he and Vrsaljko did was perfect.’
Medics from both dugouts attended the stricken former Liverpool star and he was later taken to hospital.
While Torres was receiving treatment, Atletico players were visibly shocked by the nature of the injury.
Jose Maria Gimenez appeared to be struggling to hold back tears on the touchline as doctors did their best for the striker.
An ambulance was brought onto the Raizor pitch to collect the forward, who was placed in a neck brace as a precaution before being rushed to the nearest hospital to the stadium.
Atleti later confirmed that their player was okay.
They tweeted: ‘(Fernando Torres) suffers a head injury. He was rushed to the hospital to undergo tests. He will spend the night in hospital for observation.’