Nanu is rushed to hospital after horror clash of heads
FC Porto defender Nanu was knocked unconscious and “suffered a spinal cord injury” in a sickening
collision of heads in a Portuguese top-flight match on Thursday.
Nanu challenged for the ball as Porto pushed for a late winner during the Primeira Liga showdown on
But the right-back was left in a heap on the floor after he collided with Kritsyuk in the air.
The game was stopped for more than ten minutes as he received treatment from the medics.
An ambulance had to come onto the pitch at Belenenses to rush the player to hospital after an accidental
clash with home goalkeeper Stanislav Kritsyuk.
The incident happened in the 85th minute of the 0-0 draw as Guinea-Bissau international Nanu chased
a cross into the penalty area.
He was treated on the pitch with some players in tears on seeing the stricken star.
“Nanu had a cerebral concussion and spinal cord injury with a loss of memory,” Porto later tweeted.
“At this moment, he is stable, conscious and is aware of time and his surroundings.”
Pepe, who was seen in tears, revealed after the game that his team-mate had regained consciousness.
The EX-Real Madrid star Pepe 37, said: “I wish our team-mate Nanu a speedy recovery.
Another post read: “The examinations performed at Hospital S. Francisco Xavier did not reveal any
alterations of clinical severity. “He will continue to be observed at the hospital.