Besiktas defender Fabrice N’Sakala is in a stable condition and is ‘able to speak to his team-mates normally’ after COLLAPSING during their game with Gaziantep… with the DR Congo international undergoing further tests
- Besiktas defender Fabrice N’Sakala is in a stable condition after collapsing
- N’Sakala went down int he 70th minute of their match with Gaziantep
- The 31-year-old was taken to hospital but is now able to speak to his team-mates
- His collapse comes two months after Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest
Besiktas defender Fabrice N’Sakala is in a stable condition after collapsing on the pitch during his side’s game with Gaziantep on Saturday.
N’Sakala required extensive treatment after going down in the 70th minute of the Turkish Super Lig clash, with an ambulance eventually taking the 31-year-old to hospital.
The club have provided a positive update on N’Sakala’s condition and said early reports have shown that he is ‘in better condition and doing quite well.’
Besiktas defender Fabrie N’Sakala is in a stable condition after collapsing on the pitch during his side’s game with Gaziantep on Saturday
N’Sakala required extensive treatment after going down in the 70th minute of the Turkish Super Lig clash
According to Goal Turkey, the DR Congo international is now able to speak to his team-mates normally and will undergo further medical tests.
Besiktas also shared a photo of N’Sakala in hospital, with the defender giving a thumbs up for the picture.
The cause of N’Sakala’s collapse is not yet known but it is understood he has no history of respiratory problems.
The match resumed once N’Skala had been taken off the pitch, with the game at Gaziantep stadium finishing 0-0.
N’Sakala joined Besiktas in August 2020 from fellow Turkish club Alanyaspor.
The defender began his career with French club Troyes before signing for Belgian side Anderlecht in 2013.
An ambulance eventually took the 31-year-old to hospital and he is now able to speak normally
The game resumed after N’Sakala left the pitch as the game finished in a 0-0 draw
N’Skala’s collapse comes two months after Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland.
The midfielder required urgent CPR treatment from pitch-side medics, who were able to resuscitate him.
Eriksen was later fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) inserted in his chest to regulate any further disturbances in his heartbeat.
An ICD is a device connected to the heart by wires and sends an electrical pulse to correct irregular rhythms.
The 29-year-old was released from hospital on June 18 after six days of hospital treatment. Danish team doctor Morten Boesen said after Eriksen’s release from hospital: ‘This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.
‘Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.’
The day after Eriksen’s collapse, Boesen said the midfielder had ‘gone’ before being brought back to life.
N’Skala’s collapse comes two months after Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland
‘He was gone,’ said Boesen. ‘We did cardiac resuscitation, it was cardiac arrest. How close were we? I don’t know. We got him back after one defib so that’s quite fast. We don’t have an explanation why it happened.’
Last month, a leading scientific expert for Italian FA insisted that Eriksen would not be able play for Inter again unless his defibrillator was removed.
Italy have a ban in place on players competing if they have any significant heart abnormalities, at both amateur and professional level.
Francesco Braconaro, a member of the Italian FA’s technical scientific committee told Radio Kiss Kiss: ‘Christian Eriksen cannot be given the all-clear to play in Italy.
‘If the player has the defibrillator removed, therefore confirming the pathology can be resolved, then he can return to play for Inter.’
On the night of Eriksen’s collapse, leading NHS cardiologist Dr Scott Murray claimed Eriksen would unlikely to be able to play for Inter again due to Italy’s strict rules on letting people with heart problems take part in sporting activities.