AFCON 2023 Star Set to Return to Football after Collapsing on the Pitch

Evan Ndicka and Victor Osimhen during the AFCON 2023 final | Imago

AFCON 2023 Star Set to Return to Football after Collapsing on the Pitch

Ayoola Kelechi 23:00 - 23.04.2024

The AFCON 2023 hero collapsed during a Serie A match and had to be rushed to the hospital

Roma has provided an encouraging update on the health of Evan Ndicka, the Ivorian centre-back who suffered a frightening collapse during a recent Serie A match against Udinese. The 24-year-old has been given the green light to resume playing after undergoing extensive medical examinations.

Distressing Scenes During Ndicka's Collapse

During Roma's clash with Udinese on April 14th, Ndicka collapsed off the ball in the second half, prompting immediate concern from players, staff, and spectators. The match was subsequently abandoned as Ndicka was swiftly transported to the hospital for urgent medical attention.

AS Roma defender Evan Ndicka || Getty Images
AS Roma defender Evan Ndicka || Getty Images

Initial tests conducted after Ndicka's collapse indicated that he had not suffered a heart attack, providing a measure of relief to all involved. Further examinations revealed that Ndicka had experienced a collapsed left lung, a serious but treatable condition.

Positive News for Ndicka

Following a thorough round of cardiological and pulmonary tests at the Villa Stuart medical clinic, Roma has confirmed that Ndicka has received a clean bill of health. This positive development clears the way for Ndicka to resume his footballing career without any lingering concerns about his cardiac health.

With the medical all-clear, Ndicka is now poised to return to training with Roma in the coming days. There is even speculation that he could be included in the match squad for Roma's upcoming fixture against Napoli on April 28th, marking a swift and remarkable recovery for the talented defender.

The news of Evan Ndicka's recovery will come as a relief to football fans around the world, particularly those who witnessed the distressing scenes of his collapse.