Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta thanked the club’s medics, his teammates, and staff at the hospital where he was treated after his head injury against Southampton.
Azpilicueta was carried off on a stretcher during Saturday’s defeat at Stamford Bridge, after taking a boot to the face from Sekou Mara while defending a corner.
There was a long stoppage in play while the 33-year-old received treatment on the pitch before he was transported to St Mary’s Hospital in west London.
Thank you all for your love and messages of support!
My family and I would like to thank everyone who has been looking after me since yesterday’s incident… pic.twitter.com/suBCdIQbj6
— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) February 19, 2023
Head coach Graham Potter confirmed after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to the league’s bottom side that Azpilicueta was responsive and speaking to his wife.
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On Sunday, Azpilicueta posted an update on social media, targeting a return to action.
“Hi everyone! Thank you all for your love and messages of support! My family and I would like to thank everyone who has been looking after me since yesterday’s incident,” the defender tweeted, along with a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up.
“From the Chelsea medical team to team-mates and opponents, to St Mary’s and Cleveland Hospital and all staff members and doctors: a massive thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“Now, time to recover and I will see you soon on the pitch!”
Chelsea’s defeat left them in 10th place and lagging way behind in the top-four race, with scrutiny growing on Potter.