GOOD NEWS: Christian Atsu RESCUED from rubble

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Ghanaian international Christian Atsu has been found alive following reports that he was trapped after an earthquake in Turkey.

Christian Atsu who currently plies his trade with Hatayspor is amongst thousands of people who were affected by a earthquake that struck most cities in Turkey on Monday morning.

The former Chelsea and Newcastle winger, who was reportedly missing alongside Hatayspor sporting director Taner Savut, is injured but is now out of the building, the club’s vice president Mustafa Özat has confirmed.

Speaking to Radyo Gol, Ozat said: ‘Christian Atsu was taken out with injuries. Our sporting director, Taner Savut, is unfortunately still under the rubble.’

He added: ‘Hatay was deeply affected. We are coming towards the end of the most dangerous hours.’ 

On Tuesday morning Atsu’s team-mate Kerim Alici, a close friend, also confirmed on Turkish TV that the player had been rescued alive.

Per widespread report from Turkey, Atsu has been transported to hospital after suffering injuries to his right foot and breathing difficulties.

Kahramanmaras, where Atsu’s current club is located is believed to be one of the areas worst affected by the incident. According to Turkish authorities, 2,316 people are believed to have been reported dead, and many more are left injured.

Christian Atsu joined Hatayspor last summer and scored his maiden goal for the team over the weekend against Kasimpasa in a 1-0 win.

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