Former Chelsea and Newcastle player Christian Atsu has been rescued alive after being trapped under the rubble following the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey on Monday, which has led to the loss of over 4,000 lives.
KOKO TV reported that the Ghanian player was among those still missing as at Monday afternoon after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep with a series of aftershocks, and then a 7.5 magnitude quake later which skyrocketed the death toll with dozens of buildings destroyed.
Although found alive, Daily Mail reports that Atsu has sustained injuries as confirmed on Tuesday by the Vice President of the Turkish club, Hatayspor, which Atsu plays for, after speculations were raised that he had been rescued on Monday night.
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Atsu formerly played for Chelsea, Everton, and Newcastle United before joining Super Lig club Hataysport last summer.
The club’s Sporting Director, Taner Savut, was also missing alongside Atsu but is still yet to be found.
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The vice president was quoted as saying, “Christian Atsu was taken out with injuries. Our sporting director, Taner Savut, is unfortunately still under the rubble.
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