Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has suffered a serious head injury in a clash with Southampton striker Sekou Mara.
Azpilicueta was kicked in the head by Mara when he attempted an overhead kick in the second half of the Premier League clash with Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
A Chelsea medic rushed to the pitch and tended to the Spanish defender after the immediate stoppage of play. Azpilicueta’s teammates also rushed in and looked at Azpilicueta with concern as he fell to the ground.
“He was on the ground for a long time,” former England midfielder Farrah Williams told BBC’s Final Score. “When something like that happens, you want the right precautions taken.
The medics are there and the right thing to do is make sure the players are okay before they leave the pitch. Clear pictures. I can’t see it, but it doesn’t seem to be in good condition.”
The match was suspended for 10 minutes while doctors at Stamford Bridge gave Azpilicueta oxygen. In the end, he was carried off the pitch on a stretcher to the applause of the fans. Azpilicueta raised his arms and thanked him for his applause.
Azpilicueta was replaced by Trevo Chaloba near the end of the game. Chelsea made it 1–0 after receiving a James Ward-Prowse free-kick just before half-time.
Azpilicueta has made 501 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Marseille in 2012. At the age of 33, he has won numerous trophies including the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup.
Following the departure of Gary Cahill, he was appointed captain of the club ahead of the 2019/20 season. He is currently sixth in Chelsea’s charts for the most caps, behind legends such as Frank Lampard, John Terry, Peter Bonetti and Ron Harris.
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