Chelsea forward Pedro Rodriguez has taken to Twitter to assure fans he's okay after suffering a heavy collision with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina during a pre-season friendly at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, China, on Saturday:
Pedro Rodríguez @_Pedro17_
Vaya susto! Afortunadamente estoy bien. Gracias por vuestros mensajes / What a shock! Fortunately everything is ok. Thnks 4 your messages 👍🏻 https://t.co/8EWFm4YqcJ2017-7-22 18:10:01
Pedro ran into Ospina while the Colombian stopper was punching a ball away two-fisted, per Martin Domin of the Daily Mirror. The Spanish attacker was later sent to hospital with a suspected concussion, per Lyall Thomas of Sky Sports. Blues manager Antonio Conte told Chelsea TV Pedro would have tests (h/t Thomas).
Youngster Jeremie Boga replaced the Spaniard, who was actually the player penalised by the referee after the collision.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte soon reassured people the former Barcelona forward was okay and fit enough to continue on the Blues' tour of the Far East, per the club's official Twitter account:
Chelsea FC @ChelseaFC
Antonio Conte on Pedro, who went to hospital: 'Should be OK. He stays here and if the situation is OK he will come tomorrow to Singapore.' https://t.co/amznFzDC7s2017-7-22 14:38:39
Team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta was among the first to take to Twitter and wish Pedro a swift return to action:
César Azpilicueta @CesarAzpi
Great victory to keep improving. Thanks Beijing, you made us feel like home. I hope Pedro will be back on the pitch soon! 💪 #CFCTour https://t.co/Ic5zfKXMgw2017-7-22 16:12:27
Chelsea supporters lamented Ospina's part in the collision on social media, per Ben Pringle of the Daily Express. The 29-year-old is thankfully alright after the incident, though.
The Blues need Pedro's direct pace, movement and keen eye for goal as they bid to defend the Premier League title this season, particularly with the added pressure of their return to the UEFA Champions League.
Before then, Chelsea's pre-season programme will resume when they face Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich on Tuesday.