Christian Atsu, a former winger for Chelsea and Newcastle, was discovered alive after becoming caught in debris during a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in Turkey.
According to reports, Christian Atsu has been discovered alive after being ‘stuck’ during an earthquake in Turkey.
The 7.7-magnitude earthquake that happened on Monday affected the 31-year-old, who played in the Premier League for both Chelsea and Newcastle.
According to Portuguese news agency A Bola, Atsu has now been pulled from the debris and sent to the hospital after sustaining injuries to his right foot and respiratory problems.
The management staff of Atsu, according to journalist Saddick Adams, verified the winger was safe.
Adams tweeted earlier that Atsu “was among the nine other players and two officials on the ninth story of the destroyed structure.
There have been three players and one official saved.
Club representatives are there at the scene while the search is ongoing.”
Atsu’s current club, Hatayspor, is situated in the Turkish city of Hatay, which is seen to be one of the regions most negatively impacted by the catastrophe.
Taner Savut, the club’s sporting director, and an interpreter were reportedly stranded after the earthquake in addition to Atsu.
Following the event, several footballers, including Onur Ergun and Burak Oksuz, were rescued.
Ruben Ribeiro and Ze Luis, Atsu’s other teammates, are also okay, while Kerim Alici was able to escape the debris.
Before coming to St. James’ Park, Atsu spent time with a number of different Premier League teams, including Everton and Bournemouth. Atsu left Porto and joined Chelsea as a young player back in 2013.
He signed up with Hatayspor in the summer, and on Sunday night, just hours before the catastrophe that has rocked Turkey, he scored his first goal for the team.
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Louis Gyamerah