Swansea City striker Bafétimbi Gomis gave the English Premier League world a huge shock after collapsing during this morning’s match against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Frenchman,who collapsed three times in 2009 while playing for French first division club Lyon, suddenly collapsed after Nacer Chadli gave Tottenham a 1-0 lead after seven minutes.
The 29-year-old received immediate treatment and was given oxygen when he left the field on a stretcher. Gomis has since recovered and manager Garry Monk has played down the incident.
“He went to hospital as a precaution but he is fine. That’s the main thing. He just needed a minute but he was talking when he came off the pitch,” Monk said.
A Swansea spokesman added to Monk’s comments by saying they are aware of his prior collapses and that Gomis has a vasovagal condition, which is commonly discovered in adults. It occurs when the heart rate slows and blood pressure drops which results in a lack of blood to the brain.
Back in March 2012 Bolton Wanderer midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered from a cardiac arrest at the same venue. He also recovered but he has since retired.
Two quick goals from Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend gave Spurs a 2-1 win over Swansea after the Frenchman’s collapse. – Chris Matthews-Darby
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