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Former Chelsea forward Christian Atsu rescued after Turkey earthquake

Published:Tuesday | February 7, 2023 | 10:52 AM
Chelsea's Pedro (left) and Newcastle United's Christian Atsu vie for the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London on January 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Former Chelsea and Newcastle forward Christian Atsu was rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building following the deadly earthquake that struck Turkey, the Ghana Football Association said in a Twitter post Tuesday.

The Ghana international plays for the Turkish club Hatayspor.

A club spokesman on Monday told Turkish media that Atsu was thought to be in a building that was brought down by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks that struck southeastern Turkey and neighbouring Syria, which have killed more than 5,000 people.

Atsu’s whereabouts and condition were unconfirmed overnight until the Ghana FA posted an update on its official Twitter site on Tuesday saying: “We’ve received some positive news that Christian Atsu has been successfully rescued.”

Atsu was receiving treatment but the GFA didn’t give details of any injuries.

The 31-year-old joined Hatayspor, which is based in the southern city of Antakya, last year.

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