Ex-EPL star hospitalised after frightening head clash

FOOTBALL: Concern for Fernando Torres has overshadowed Atletico Madrid's 1-1 draw at Deportivo la Coruna as the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker suffered a frightening head injury while being knocked unconscious.

Torres was hit from behind by Deportivo's Alex Bergantinos in a clash of heads five minutes from time and hit the ground hard as he appeared to have already lost consciousness.

"Torres suffered a traumatic brain injury. He was taken to hospital for tests. He will spend the night under observation," Atletico initially said via its official Twitter account.

Later, Atletico released a statement clearing Torres of serious injury.

"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," it said.

Players from both sides immediately called for medical attention when Torres hit the ground.

Distressed Atletico defender Jose Maria Gimenez was seen crying, while Deportivo fans gave the former Spanish international a standing ovation as he was carried from the field.

Atletico had to play out seven minutes of stoppage time with 10 men as they had already made all three substitutions.

News Corp Australia


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