Adriano injured in collision

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Inter Milan's Brazil striker Adriano appeared to lose consciousness briefly after colliding heads Wednesday with an Empoli defender

Milan:

Inter Milan's Brazil striker Adriano appeared to lose consciousness briefly after colliding heads Wednesday with an Empoli defender during a midweek Italian league match. Medical officials covered Adriano with a blanket and carried him off the field after he apparently regained awareness, holding his head with his hands. Inter's medical team said Adriano was lucid and conscious once he left the field but later decided he should be taken to Milan's Niguarda hospital for further examination, the ANSA news agency reported. Initial medical tests did not reveal any injuries and Adriano was transferred from the emergency room to a neurological ward, ANSA reported, adding that the player called his mother in Brazil to let her know he was OK. "He took a hit right in his temple,'' Inter coach Roberto Mancini told Italy's Sky TV. "He's OK, luckily. He was already better when he got to the locker room. But for precaution he will remain in the hospital tonight.'' Adriano lay motionless following a hard collision in the 14th minute with Andrea Raggi, who had his head treated with ice. Following the contact, Adriano fell to the ground heavily. His eyes remained closed for a few moments while teammates yelled for help. Medical workers placed an oxygen mask over Adriano's face and eventually he started to move again. Ten minutes before the collision, Adriano scored to give Inter a 1-0 lead. Inter won 4-1. (AP)

Topics : Football Inter Milan
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