Medics ended up having to be forced to resuscitate an ex-Fulham and Celtic player after he was seen collapsing whilst in training.
24 year old striker Moussa Dembele is currently being monitored after dramatically falling to the ground as his Atletico Madrid side were preparing for their next fixture.
A video of the Frenchman – who is on loan at the Spanish giants from Lyon – was shown fainting as he underwent stretching exercises.
🚨 ÚLTIMA HORA 🚨
💥 Susto en el entrenamiento del Atlético
🤕 Moussa Dembélé ha sufrido una bajada de tensión y se ha mareado
👍🏽 El jugador se encuentra bien pendiente de evolución
— DirectoGol (@DirectoGol) March 23, 2021
His team-mates quickly let the medical staff know of the situation when they saw the France Under-21 international motionless on the floor.
Dembele was then rolled onto his side, in what appeared to be the recovery position, as other members of the squad rushed to the ambulance to grab a stretcher.
It was more than a minute before the striker regained consciousness and got back to his feet and thankfully the 24-year-old was eventually able to walk off the pitch without any assistance.
It could gave been a completely different story however if it weren’t for the quick action of the players and medical staff.
Dembele was pictured leaving training in his car, signalling that he is healthy and fully recovered.
Various reports have put it down to low blood pressure, and there is no cause for any serious concern about the Lyon loanee’s health.
🇫🇷 | Moussa Dembelé
Former Celtic & now Atletico Madrid striker Moussa Dembelé was able to drive himself home following collapsing at training in the Spanish capital today.
— Everything Celtic (@aboutceltic) March 23, 2021
Dembele is yet to start a single match since joining on loan in January – and has yet to get on the scoresheet.
Celtic will be keen that he finds form soon, especially as they are due a 10 per cent sell-on in the £32.5m fee thought to have been agreed by the clubs should the Spanish outfit take him permanently.
Diego Simeone said recently that he was still waiting to see ‘what he hoped for’ from the former Premier League player.
The Argentine said: “I always say that the number of minutes is not important.
“What matters is the quality of these minutes.
“I hope that Dembele can bring us what we hoped for when he arrived in the team.”
Dembele has had to overcome injury whilst enduring his time out in Spain – and tested positive for Covid-19 a short time after making the switch.
The scenes reminded fans of when Fabrice Muamba collapsed at White Hart Lane nine years ago during Bolton’s FA Cup tie with Tottenham before miraculously surviving his career-ending scare.
The football world will also remember when Marc-Vivien Foe sadly lost his life on the pitch while representing Cameroon back in 2003.
Fans reacted after seeing medics forced to resuscitate ex-Fulham and Celtic player after collapsing in training…
@masolanulolade1: @MDembele_10 get well soon. Our prayers is with you
@CaldronUsa: This is horrible to watch. I have had some “out of no where” unexplained health issues occur and you can’t believe it is happening to you. I hope it is just dehydration or something simply explained. It is no surprise that the two getting the stretcher is Saul and Gimenez.
@ImPicadillo: The way Gimemez reacted shows he‘s an amazing teammate.
@hesgoal_celtic: Hope the big man is alright
@CeltLanarkshire: Great to see his team mates spring into action though
@_VicarageRoad_: This sadly reminded me of a good mate of mine a few years back when playing five a side, last thing he did was pass the ball to me and just went down like that, heart attack and gone 😢 you never know when your time is up
@nikonkev: From a rangers fan, I hope he’s OK, rivalry aside that’s some scary stuff, it was his leg shaken after he fell that worried me most
@MrJasonAlex: Just seen what had happened with Moussa Dembele in training…. glad he’s ok
@Haydog66131507: Rivalry asside hope moussa dembele has a quick recovery..
@mattchapp96: That Moussa Dembele is very hard to watch, reminds me of what happened to Bafetimbi Gomis all those years ago. Least he’s okay!
@ForeverAYellow: Jeez just watching them instantly reminded me of Muamba, so sad, horrid the way he just fell so still to ground, can’t praise those around him and the medics enough, fairplay