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Fernando Torres 'stable' after suffering head injury in Atletico Madrid La Liga match

Atletico Madrid's forward Fernando Torres is evacuated in an ambulance due to an injury during the Spanish league football match RC Deportivo de la Coruna
Image: Torres had to be taken away in an ambulance after suffering a nasty blow to the head

Fernando Torres is "stable" in hospital after suffering a head injury during Atletico Madrid's La Liga match at Deportivo on Thursday.

Atletico say the former Liverpool and Chelsea man will remain in hospital so that he can be monitored.

Having come off the substitutes' bench, Torres banged heads with Deportivo's Alex Bergantinos five minutes from time and stayed down after the incident in the 1-1 draw.

There was huge concern from both sets of players and Torres was carried off on a stretcher before being taken to hospital in an ambulance.

Fernando Torres of Club Atletico de Madrid in action during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Betis on January 14
Image: Fernando Torres said from hospital it was 'just a scare'

The 32-year-old Spain international released a statement saying: "It was just a scare. I hope to come back very soon."

An Atletico statement added: "A cranial and cervical CT scan carried out on Fernando Torres has ruled out that the Rojiblanco striker has suffered any alterations or traumatic injuries.

"Our player, who is stable, conscious and oriented, had to be removed by ambulance after being stabilised according to the usual protocol, before entering the Model Hospital of La Coruna, where he will spend the night in observation."

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Atletico coach Diego Simeone said in his post-match press conference: "Worried, nervous. Those are the feelings after he suffered such a heavy blow.

"We heard the blow from the bench, we saw how he fell and we were afraid. We didn't know if that noise was Fernando's neck or not.

Antoine Griezmann (L) expressed his concern for team-mate Torres after the match
Image: Antoine Griezmann (L) expressed his concern for team-mate Torres after the match

"They are unfortunate situations that happen in matches and we're hoping for the best for Fernando."

Simeone's side had fallen behind in the 13th minute, when Florin Andone slotted in after a poor goal kick from Jan Oblak, before Antoine Griezmann equalised with a spectacular 68th-minute strike.

Atletico finished the game with 10 men, having used all three substitutes.

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Griezmann's superb strike levelled the match between Deportivo and Atletico Madrid

"In the end, I do not care about the result," said Griezmann. "I just want to know what's up with Fernando and hopefully he's fine. And he gets back to us soon."

Atletico left-back Filipe Luis added: "It's very ugly to see it, we were all scared but at least the news we have received so far is good and the most important thing is that Fernando is well."

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