Fernando Torres is "stable, conscious and lucid" in hospital following the serious head injury he suffered in Thursday's game between Atlético Madrid and Deportivo de La Coruña.
Near the end of the match Torres went up for a header and, while in the air, he was pushed in the back by a Deportivo defender. The striker immediately fell face down into the turf and was not able to properly brace himself. As a result, he suffered what appeared to be a horrifying injury that left teammates and opponents in tears on the field, and saw Torres rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a "traumatic brain injury."
The movement of the injury was chaotic and frightening, as replays show his head and neck snapping and contorting in an unnatural way upon contact with the ground. Players rushed to him to seemingly try and pry his jaw open – presumably so that he wouldn't swallow his tongue after losing consciousness. Some medics even looked away.
Atlético defender Filipe Luis is quoted by the BBC as saying: "It's very ugly to see it, we were all scared but at least the news we have received so far is good and the most important thing is that Fernando is well."