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After disappearing among the ruins of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria that left more than 2,500 dead, Christian Atsu would have been found in a hospital in the city of Hatay, with injuries to his right foot and trouble breathing.
According to the Portuguese newspaper ‘A Bola’the search and rescue teams would have located the Ghanaian player along with his teammates Onur Ergün and Burak Oksuz and they were standing walking.
Apparently, the sports director of Hatayspor, Taner Savut, still does not give traces of life and they have not been able to find him among the rubble. The news broke in the morning hours after the telluric movement of 7.7 degrees on the Richter scale.
So far it has not been possible to confirm that the information about the finding is true. In the morning hours of this Monday, Málaga’s Twitter account was one of the first to report the situation.
“Turkish media reports that Christian Atsu, a former Malaguista player, is trapped under rubble after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this time of terrible anguish,” they wrote.
Atsu is a midfielder with a past in teams like Málaga, Newcastle, Porto and Chelsea. He was also international with his team on several occasions. 24 hours before the disaster, the African was the author of the winning goal (1-0) for his current squad Hatayspor against
Volkan Demirel, a former Turkish goalkeeper and now Atsu’s coach, tearfully asked for help after the earthquake that also hit Syria. “Aid. I want to ask you to send all the resources you have. It is not only Hatay or Antakya. Please, I beg you, for God’s sake, there are people who are dying here.”
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