Roma defender out of hospital after collapse during game


Roma defender Evan Ndicka has been released from the hospital following his collapse during Sunday’s Serie A game against Udinese.

Roma reported that the 24-year-old Ivory Coast player experienced chest pains on the field, but medical examinations confirmed that he did not experience a heart attack.

“The player has been discharged and will carry out further checks in Rome,” the club said.

Roma also sent their thanks to Udinese, the referee and the hospital.

“AS Roma would like to thank Udinese and the referee Luca Pairetto for their great professionalism and the medical and healthcare staff of the Santa Maria della Misericordia hospital in Udine.

“All together, in those apprehensive minutes, we demonstrated the values ​​of sport and put the protection of life first.”

The Serie A match came to a halt when Ndicka collapsed in the 72nd minute and was subsequently carried off the field on a stretcher.

Exiting the pitch, Ndicka appeared to be conscious, with the score tied at 1-1. The remaining portion of the game is scheduled to be rescheduled for a later date.

Roma shared a photo of Ndicka in the hospital on Sunday night, indicating he is “feeling better” and that his teammates had visited him.

Following Ndicka’s collapse, the medical staff of Roma and emergency services intervened, leading to discussions with the referee and the eventual abandonment of the match.

Ndicka, who joined Roma on a free transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2023, has made 19 appearances for the Italian club.

Udinese took an early lead through Roberto Pereyra, but Roma’s Romelu Lukaku equalized later in the match.