After this past weekend’s terrible earthquake in Turkey, football player Christian Atsu was recovered from the rubble alive and sent to the hospital. However, the 7.7-magnitude earthquake that occurred on Monday affected the 31-year-old, who played in the Premier League for Chelsea and Newcastle.
According to Hatayspor manager Mustafa Özat, “Christian Atsu was removed from the wreckage with injuries. But, unfortunately, our sporting director Taner Savut is still under the rubble.”
Atsu’s current club, Hatayspor, is situated in the Turkish city of Hatay, which is seen to be one of the regions most negatively impacted by the catastrophe. Several footballers, including Onur Ergun and Burak Oksuz, were rescued after the event. Ruben Ribeiro and Ze Luis, Atsu’s other teammates, are unharmed, and Kerim Alici was able to escape the debris. Before coming to St. James’ Park, Atsu spent time with a number of different Premier League teams, including Everton and Bournemouth. Atsu left Porto and joined Chelsea as a young player back in 2013.
He signed on with Hatayspor in the summer, and on Sunday night, just hours before the catastrophe that rocked Turkey, he scored his first goal for the team. After 121 games for the club, Atsu left St James’ Park in the summer of 2021. According to reports, the tragedy has resulted in at least 2,800 fatalities and more than 12,000 injuries across Turkey and Syria. Just hours after the initial earthquake, a large aftershock with a magnitude of 7.5 struck the southern part of Turkey.