DR Congo defender ‘doing fine’ after collapse incident


Besiktas say defender Fabrice N’Sakala is “doing much better” after collapsing during Saturday’s Turkish Super Lig match against Gaziantep.

N’Sakala, 31, fell to the ground in the 70th minute and he was immediately taken to hospital, but the cause is not yet known.

The match, in which on-loan Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi made his debut for Besiktas, ended in a 0-0 draw.

Fortunately, he later posted a photograph of himself smiling from his hospital bed following the game’s completion.

In an official club statement, Besiktas also confirmed that Nsakala did not lose consciousness after the incident.

“The Congolese international left-back was taken to the hospital immediately. The early reports have shown that he is in a better condition and doing quite well.

“Besiktas have thanked those football lovers who have shown concern.”

This incident comes two months after Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during a Euro 2020 group-stage match against Finland in Copenhagen.

A week ago, Nigeria international Solomon Kalu also collapsed during a French Ligue 1 game between Olympique Marseille and Girondins Bordeaux, but he returned to the match day squad this past weekend.

Speaking afterwards, Besiktas boss Sergen Yalcin assured fans of their star’s condition.

“N’Sakala is fine, he has no problems. We were really scared at that moment. It was a sad event. Hopefully such things will not happen.”

After coming through the academy of Ligue 1 side Troyes, Nsakala played five full seasons for the French team before spells at Anderlecht, Alanyaspor and, since last July, Besiktas.

He represented France at youth level before opting to play for DR Congo, and he has earned 15 caps for the African nation.

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By FARPost Reporter