Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was seriously injured Saturday in a mid-air collision with Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy.
** Warning: The above video is very disturbing and is not for the squeamish or faint at heart **
Drogba and Ruddy both went up for the fifty-fifty ball, but Ruddy’s attempt to punch the ball collided with Drogba’s face. The severity of the punch was so much that Drogba was concussed mid-air. Drogba’s body then spun around mid-air and the Ivory Coast striker fell down flat on his face.
Chelsea’s medical crew rushed to Drogba’s help where they treated him for several minutes, giving him oxygen. Drogba was stretchered off the pitch to a round of applause but there was little to no sign of Drogba moving. However, reports are that he is breathing.
Fifty-fifty challenges are a part of the game of football, and sometimes injuries occur. Let’s hope Didier Drogba is okay and that he regains full health and fitness as soon as possible.
Reports are that Drogba has been sent to the hospital for precautionary reasons. He was reportedly out cold for 30 minutes but has regained consciousness.