Monday, 20 March 2017

Fernando Torres plays first game for Atletico Madrid since head injury

Fernando Torres plays first game for Atletico Madrid since head injury

Fernando Torres returned to the Atletico Madrid first team on Sunday after coming on as a substitute in his side’s 3-1 win over Sevilla.

The game was Torres’ first appearance since being knocked unconscious after a sickening clash of heads with Deportivo’s Alex Bergantinos a fortnight ago.

The 33-year-old forward came on in place of Kevin Gameiro with his side leading 2-0 and was given a rousing welcome by fans at the Vicente Calderon.

Torres had spent the night in hospital after the incident on 2 March but his injuries were not as bad as first feared.

He was released the next morning after undergoing brain scans and had been told by doctors to rest for at least 48 hours before training again.

With the severity of the incident initially unclear messages of support had poured in from across the footballing world – including from his former clubs Liverpool and Chelsea.

Speaking after his release from hospital, Torres thanked fans, fellow players and his former clubs for their support.

‘Many thanks to all for worrying for me and for your messages of support.

‘Luckily, everything has been just a scare and now I am counting down the days and the hours until I can train with my teammates again.’
Torres moved back to Atletico in 2015 after spending eight years in the Premier League and a season at Milan in Serie A.
Atletico closed the gap on third-placed Sevilla to two points on Sunday afternoon with goals from Diego Godin, Antoine Griezmann and Koke. Joaquin Correa scored for the visitors.

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