Bordeaux striker Samuel Kalu collapsed on the pitch in a French Ligue 1 sport at Marseille on Sunday the place temperatures hit a sweltering 30 levels.
The 23-year-old Nigerian worldwide fainted and slumped to the Stade Velodrome floor within the early phases of the match.
Worried teammates gathered across the stricken Kalu and frantically waved their palms to the bench to summon medical assist.
After a couple of heart-stopping moments, Kalu managed to face up however was substituted and changed by Remi Oudin.
The incident got here simply two months after Denmark’s Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest in a Euro 2020 match.
“Kalu’s incident gave us chills. It’s always a bit shocking for spectators and players on the pitch,” mentioned Oudin who went on to attain within the 2-2 draw.
“With what occurred with Eriksen on the Euros, we give it some thought. Everyone obtained slightly scared. Fortunately, it ended properly.
“According to the doctors, it’s a simple discomfort but he will certainly be undergoing tests on Monday.”
In June 2019, Kalu was hospitalised after affected by dehydration whereas coaching with Nigeria within the Egyptian warmth in the course of the Africa Cup of Nations.
“I was thinking about what happened during the Euro,” admitted Bordeaux coach Vladimir Petkovic.
“With the medical team, we chose to replace him so as not to take any risks. In these cases, football takes a back seat.”