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Former Arsenal star collapses on the pitch and left unconscious for ten minutes

Former Arsenal midfielder who was highly rated by Arsene Wenger collapsed while playing in Belgium and was unconscious for 10 minutes

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In a concerning turn of events during a Belgian league match between Molenbeek and Charleroi, former Arsenal prodigy Jeff Reine-Adelaide found himself in a harrowing situation that led to his hospitalisation. 

The midfielder, now playing for Molenbeek, was left unconscious on the pitch for approximately ten minutes after an accidental impact with the ball directly to his face.

The incident occurred when Reine-Adelaide, a notable talent who has previously represented clubs like Lyon, Nice, and Troyes, inadvertently received a forceful blow to his head from close range. The distressing sight prompted an immediate response from players, officials, and medical staff, with Molenbeek manager Yannick Ferrera expressing deep concern over the potential severity of the injury.

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Former Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide with Arsene Wenger

Former Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide with Arsene Wenger (Image credit: Getty Images)

Following the match, Ferrera conveyed the gravity of the situation, stating, “Jeff was unconscious for about ten minutes. We fear a brain hemorrhage.” The news sent shockwaves through the football community, prompting an outpouring of support from fans and former clubs alike.


Lyon, where Reine-Adelaide had previously plied his trade, took to social media to send their well wishes, posting: “We wish you a speedy recovery, courage, and strength to you.” The 26-year-old, who had a brief spell at Arsenal from 2016 to 2018, primarily featured in cup competitions for the Gunners, as reported by the Daily Star.

Since joining Molenbeek last September, Reine-Adelaide has been a big figure in midfield, contributing significantly to the team’s performances. Despite the setback, there is some relief among supporters as Reine-Adelaide himself provided a hopeful update via Instagram, stating, “Thanks for your messages of support, more fear than evil.”

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