Bordeaux striker Samuel Kalu collapsed on the pitch in a French Ligue 1 recreation 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 levels of the match.
Apprehensive teammates gathered across the stricken Kalu and frantically waved their fingers to the bench to summon medical assist.
After a number 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 is all the time a bit surprising for spectators and gamers 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. Everybody bought a bit scared. Thankfully, it ended properly.
“Based on the medical doctors, it is a easy discomfort however he will definitely be present process exams on Monday.”
In June 2019, Kalu was hospitalised after affected by dehydration whereas coaching with Nigeria within the Egyptian warmth through the Africa Cup of Nations.
“I used to be eager about what occurred through the Euro,” admitted Bordeaux coach Vladimir Petkovic.
“With the medical staff, we selected to interchange him in order to not take any dangers. In these circumstances, soccer takes a again seat.”