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Chelsea release 57-word statement offering update and plan for Cesar Azpilicueta after head injury



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Chelsea have released a statement to offer an update on the condition of club captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

The 33-year-old was hospitalised on Saturday evening after being stretchered off with a head injury after a nasty collision with Sekou Mara, who struck Azpilicueta in the head in the 74th minute as Stamford Bridge as Southampton beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Premier League.

Azpilicueta was left unconscious and needing oxygen in a lengthy stoppage in the capital as both sets of players showed visible concern over the defender’s condition. He left the field after regaining consciousness and acknowledged the crowd as he was taken off.

He was taken to hospital and on Monday morning, the Spain international took to social media to offer a positive update, including thanking all those who have supported him.

“Thank you all for your love and messages of support! My family and I would like to thank everyone who has been looking after me since yesterday’s incident,” wrote Azpilicueta.

“From the Chelsea FC medical team, to teammates and opponents, to St Mary’s and Cleveland Hospital and all staff members and doctors: a massive thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now, time to recover and I will see you soon on the pitch!”

After Azpilicueta’s update, Chelsea released a statement confirming their captain had been discharged from hospital and returned to their Cobham training ground under the supervision of the medical team.

A 57-word statement read: “Following a concussion injury sustained during Saturday’s game against Southampton, César Azpilicueta has been discharged from hospital and is recovering well at Cobham.

“The club’s medical team are closely monitoring César’s condition, adhering to the important concussion protocols in place to ensure his safety.

“César observed training today (on Tuesday), before he starts working towards returning to the pitch.”

Chelsea face Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League and it remains unclear if Azpilicueta will be available for selection for the London derby.