Samuel Kalu collapsed in the sixth minute of Girondins de Bordeaux’s Ligue 1 match at Olympique de Marseille on Sunday. Although, the Bordeaux player substituted after briefly returning to the pitch.
Amid searing temperatures at the Stade Velodrome, medics carrying a stretcher rushed to attend Kalu. Oudin replaced Kalu in the 14th minute after the 23 year old Nigerian fell to the ground on a hot evening at the Stade Velodrome. However, all the medics was rushing onto the pitch with a stretcher to attend him. Although, when the Bordeaux player collapses, every player out there covers him. Kalu was able to get up and walk off the pitch with their help. While holding an ice pack against his head, Kalu was get off the field.
The striker, who also collapsed from severe dehydration during a Nigeria training session at the 2019 African Cup of Nations. However, he resumed playing several moments later but appeared groggy and was eventually substituted. The stadium went silent during the incident, which brought back memories of Christian Eriksen’s collapse at Euro 2020 in June. However, the Denmark midfielder suffered a heart attack.
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“According to the doctor, it was just a dizzy spell,” said Oudin, who netted Bordeaux’s equaliser as they fought back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw. “With what happened with Eriksen at the Euros, we think about it. Everyone got a little scared. Fortunately, it ended well”.