I heard a crack from the dugout - Simeone feared Fernando Torres neck injury

Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid were left shaken after Fernando Torres appeared to be knocked out in the draw at Deportivo La Coruna

football Updated: Mar 03, 2017 12:20 IST
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Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres lies on the floor. He suffered a head injury during a Spanish football league match against Deportivo La Coruna on Thursday(REUTERS)

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone says he heard a crack from the dugout when Fernando Torres suffered a sickening head injury against Deportivo La Coruna.

Players from both teams were left visibly shaken as substitute Fernando Torres was stretchered off following a clash of heads with Alex Bergantinos in the 85th minute of Thursday’s 1-1 LaLiga draw.

Fernando Torres - who is awake and responsive and will spend the night in hospital under observation - appeared to be knocked out before landing heavily on the Riazor turf as team-mates rushed to his aid.

Speaking afterwards, Simeone revealed he feared the striker had sustained a neck injury, telling reporters: “Torres is awake. We were worried, nervous.

“[It] was such a hard knock. I heard a crack from the dugout, I didn’t know if it was the neck. The movement didn’t look good ... we hope [for] the best for Fernando.”

In a message posted on Twitter, Saul Niguez said: “Friend, hoping it was just a scare and see you soon.”

Atletico full-back Filipe Luis also cast a concerned figure post-match, adding: “It’s a very ugly thing to see and we’re not used to it. We’ve been scared.

“The news we’ve received is good. The important thing is that he’s okay.

“He is one of the best people I know.”

First Published: Mar 03, 2017 11:33 IST