MADRID • Spanish football breathed a sigh of relief after a CT scan on Fernando Torres revealed the Atletico Madrid striker suffered no traumatic brain injuries in a sickening on-field clash on Thursday.
The 32-year-old was released from hospital yesterday. He was hit from behind by Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Alex Bergantinos in a clash of heads five minutes from time and hit the ground hard, appearing to have already lost consciousness.
"A cranial and cervical CT scan carried out on Fernando Torres has ruled out that he has suffered any alterations or traumatic injuries," Atletico said in a statement after the 1-1 Spanish Primera Liga draw.
"Our player, who is stable, conscious and oriented, had to be removed by ambulance after being stabilised according to the usual protocol, before entering the Model Hospital of La Coruna, where he will spend the night in observation."
Players from both sides immediately called for medical attention when Torres hit the ground.
Distraught Atletico defender Jose Maria Gimenez was seen crying, while Deportivo fans gave the former Spanish international a standing ovation as he was carried from the field.
"We are all scared," Atletico left-back Filipe Luis told BeIN Sports. "The news we have received until now is good. The most important thing is that Fernando is okay."
Atletico's Sime Vrsaljko and captain Gabi have also been praised for reacting quickly to ensure Torres did not swallow his tongue.
Former West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel was making his bow as Deportivo coach after being hired on Wednesday. And the hosts made the perfect start, when Florin Andone capitalised on a poor goal kick from Jan Oblak to run through and slot past the Slovenian.
Atletico responded after half-time and equalised in stunning fashion 22 minutes from time, when Antoine Griezmann thrashed home a shot from 30m.