Torres survives horrific head injury

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Atletico players trying to prevent Fernando Torres from swallowing his tongue. Photo Courtesy: goal.com


Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has reassured supporters that his nasty head injury sustained during the club's 1-1 draw with Deportivo was "just a scare" and vowed that he'll be back soon.

The Spanish forward had to be rushed to hospital after a sickening clash of heads and fall that saw him smash into the ground with considerable force.

Torres was left stricken on the turf as team-mates and medical staff attended to him, with Diego Simeone having insisted he "heard a crack" from the dugout area.

Atleti later confirmed that the player would spend the night in hospital, while a further, more positive, update revealed that Torres was "stable and conscious".

And the former Chelsea and Liverpool star has now taken to social media to reassure fans, thanking them for the messages of support.

He tweeted: "Thank you all so much for caring for me and for your messages of encouragement. It was just a scare. I hope to return very soon!"

Both of Torres' previous Premier League clubs posted the 32-year-old messages following the horrific incident, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Cesc Fabregas and Didier Drogba also posting on social media.

Torres went limp in the air and subsequently landed face-first on the turf, with his head taking much of the blow in a sickening landing that saw him smash into the ground with considerable force.

The doctor treating Fernando Torres' head injury has praised the quick reactions of his Atletico Madrid team-mates, claiming Gabi was bitten by the striker as he tried to prevent him from swallowing his tongue.

Players from both sides, including colleagues Gabi and Sime Vrsaljko, rushed to the striker's aid before he was eventually stretchered off the pitch and taken to a nearby hospital, with the immediate reaction being described as "perfect" by Torres' doctor.

Atletico had fallen behind to a Florin Andone strike in the Liga clash, before Antoine Griezmann rescued a point for Diego Simeone's men with a stunning effort from distance.

The final minutes of the game, however, were virtually a write-off due to the lack of enthusiasm of either team to continue after witnessing Torres's injury.

After falling off the radar in recent years after declining from his peak as one of the world's best strikers, Torres has seen a resurgence at boyhood club Atletico acting as foil to Manchester United target Griezmann.

The 32-year-old has scored seven goals in all competitions in 2016-17 for last season's Champions League runners-up, who are 11 points behind current leaders Barcelona in the Liga title race.

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