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Nigeria winger Kalu collapses in Bordeaux’s draw with Marseille

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Samuel Kalu collapsed on the pitch but he recovered and played for a little while before he was substituted in Bordeaux’s 2-2 draw with Marseille on Sunday.

Kalu joined the Bordeaux players in forming a wall for Dimitri Payet’s free-kick and he collapsed there in the fifth minute.

Both teams responded immediately by forming a wall around the Nigeria international while medical personnel rushed to the pitch to stabilise him.

He was later replaced by Remi Oudin in the 14th minute as the Girondins came from behind to grab their first point of the season at the Stade Velodrome.

Two years ago, Kalu collapsed in training a day before the Super Eagles commenced their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt.

The 23-year-old winger was immediately rushed to a hospital in Alexandria, where it was confirmed that he had suffered dehydration.

On Sunday, second-half goals from Timothee Pembele and Oudin cancelled out Cengiz Under and Payet’s goals for Marseille, in the 34th and 41st minutes, respectively.

A week ago, Bordeaux started their 2021-22 Ligue 1 campaign with a shock 2-0 loss to newly-promoted Clermont and they are now ranked 16th on the table.

Kalu endured an injury-plagued campaign last season with a recurring thigh muscle strain that limited him to just 20 league matches and had four goals to his name.

He will be expected to continue his recovery process during the week before Bordeaux welcome Angers to the Stade Matmut-Atlantique for their next league fixture on August 22.

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