Yesterday brought to light the devastating aftermath of the huge earthquakes that rocked Turkey and Syria on Sunday night into Monday morning.
It was revealed that former Newcastle United winger, Christian Atsu was among the many unaccounted for, trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building along with staff members from the Hatayspor football club.
News broke on Twitter yesterday evening that Atsu had been found and was being treated in hospital for a leg injury and breathing difficulties, however, soon after, conflicting reports emerged saying that he was still trapped under the rubble and that report of him being in hospital was false.
Fortunately, this morning brought better news regarding Atsu.
Welcome news. 🙏
Our thoughts remain with Christian, his loved ones and all those affected by Monday's devastating earthquakes. 🖤🤍 https://t.co/CHCCR7pAR4
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) February 7, 2023
Newcastle United confirmed via a tweet from the Ghana Football Association that Atsu had indeed been freed from the rubble and is now receiving treatment. There are no details as to his injuries, but this is great news.
Atsu spent five years on Tyneside and still retains an active interest in the club, speaking positively on his time at Newcastle on the Newcastle Fans TV Greenwood and Mulliner show.
Unfortunately though, Christian Atsu’s story is one positive in a sea of bad news with the death toll expected to reach up to 20,000 according to World Health Organisation estimates.
We wish Christian a speedy recovery and our thoughts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.