There were anxious times at the Cardiff City Stadium yesterday - and we don’t just mean in the final ten minutes.
At half-time Fabio Borini, on loan at Sunderland from Liverpool, collapsed in the dressing room. With the spectre of Fabrice Muamba still raw fears must have immediately been raised that perhaps Borini had suffered a cardiac episode. Indeed the rumours on Twitter soon began.
Thankfully that was not the case.
Borini had suffered with an intense and sudden attack of the flu prior to the kick off but decided he was fit enough to play - as manager Gus Poyet confirmed post-game:
"He's in hospital now. Fabio was feeling very bad before the game. Just before the game he was sick. We decided together, the players they want to play him, then at half-time it was impossible for him, and now to make sure that everything is alright we took him to hospital so let's hope it's nothing and he can go back on the plane now up to the north."
Thankfully it seems the visit to hospital was just precautionary - and he is expected to travel back to the North East today after spending the night in Cardiff upon his release from hospital.
Now his agent has come out to say thank you to all the fans in England and his Italian homeland who got in touch to wish him well and ask his condition.
"Thanks to all the people who have contacted me to know the condition of Fabio. I knew Fabio had a little 'influenza’, and before the game has had some problems, the coach asked him how he felt and he wanted to play the game.”
Chicken soup, a warm duvet and plenty of rest - and Borini should be back in action for the FA Cup game v Carlisle next Sunday.
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