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Nigeria’s Kalu to resume training with Bordeaux after mid-match collapse

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Bordeaux forward Samuel Kalu is fit to resume training on Wednesday after collapsing during his side’s game with Marseille last weekend, the Ligue 1 club announced Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Nigerian international fainted and slumped to the Stade Velodrome pitch in the early stages of the 2-2 draw played in 30-degree heat on Sunday.

“All the additional examinations performed on Tuesday did not reveal any cardiac abnormalities,” Bordeaux said in a statement, before adding he could be ready to play against Angers on Sunday.

Worried teammates gathered around the stricken Kalu and frantically waved their hands to the bench to summon medical help. He briefly played on but was replaced by Remi Oudin.

The incident came just two months after Denmark’s Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in a Euro 2020 match.

“With what happened with Eriksen at the Euros, we think about it. Everyone got a little scared. Fortunately, it ended well,” said Oudin, who went on to score, after the match.

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In June 2019, Kalu was also hospitalised after suffering from dehydration while training with Nigeria in the Egyptian heat during the Africa Cup of Nations.

-AFP

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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