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AS Roma and Ivory Coast Defender Evan Ndicka OK After Collapsing on Pitch

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AS Roma defender Evan Ndicka has been discharged from hospital and is set to undergo further tests in Rome after collapsing during their match against Udinese on Sunday, the Serie A club announced on Monday.

The 24-year-old Paris-born player, who represents the Ivory Coast, fell backwards onto the pitch in the 18th minute of the game, prompting immediate concern. Ndicka was subsequently carried off on a stretcher, and the match was later abandoned with the score at 1-1.

Although visibly in pain, Ndicka remained conscious and was observed rubbing his chest with his right hand as the medical team rushed to his aid. Following the incident, Roma provided updates, stating that Ndicka was in “good spirits.”

Roma’s latest statement indicated that Ndicka underwent cardiological tests, which fortunately showed no signs of cardiac abnormalities. However, further examinations revealed a thoracic trauma with minimal left pneumothorax.

Expressing gratitude, Roma extended thanks to the match referee, the fans at the Udine stadium, and the hospital staff for their swift response and support during the unsettling situation.

“In those frantic minutes of apprehension, we all together demonstrated sports values and placed protecting life in first place,” Roma added, emphasizing the collective effort in prioritizing player welfare above all else.

Ndicka’s discharge from the hospital marks a positive step in his recovery journey, although the club remains vigilant in ensuring his well-being with additional tests scheduled in Rome.

The incident serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of sports and the importance of prioritizing player health and safety at all times.