Bordeaux ace collapses during match but plays on after worrying scenes

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Bordeaux striker Samuel Kalu collapsed six minutes into their Ligue 1 fixture with Marseille – but played on after receiving treatment.

The worrying incident occurred just after the sides had kicked off at Stade Velodrome.

Kalu, 23, fell to the ground as former West Ham man Dimitri Payet prepared to take a free-kick amid sweltering temperatures.

Players from both teams immediately ran over to the Nigerian international and called for medics to rush onto the pitch.

They also formed a human shield around Kalu in scenes similar to what was witnessed when Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020.

He was able to get up and walk off the pitch with the help of his team-mates, holding an ice-pack against his head.

Remarkably, Kalu, who collapsed from severe hydration during a Nigerian training session at the 2019 African Cup of Nations, returned to the field of play just minutes later.

The winger played on for a further eight minutes but appeared groggy and was eventually substituted, with Remi Oudin taking his place.

"According to the doctor, it was just a dizzy spell," said substitute Oudin, who score Bordeaux's equaliser as they fought back from 2-0 down to earn a creditable 2-2 draw.

"He is to take more tests and we will know more tomorrow [Monday] during the day. It gave us a bit of a chill and it's still quite shocking.

"We inevitably thought about what happened with [Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen], the whole team and everyone was scared. We're happy for Kalu, everything is fine and that's the most important thing."

"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."

The stadium went silent during the incident, bringing back memories of Eriksen's collapse during the European Championship.

Eriksen's life was saved when CPR was given to him on the pitch and his heart was re-started with a defibrillator.

He was later taken to a local hospital, where he underwent heart surgery and had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted.

Although the Danish midfielder returned to Inter Milan's training ground earlier this month, he has not yet made a return to playing.

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