Former Melbourne Victory defender collapses mid-game

Former Melbourne Victory defender Pablo Contreras collapsed mid-game while competing in a friendly match in Bolivia on Sunday.  

The 37-year-old retired from professional football after leaving Victory at the end of the 2013/14 season but was competing in a five-a-side match between Chile and Bolivia in Santa Cruz.

The 67-time Chilean international went down off the ball and was immediately attended to by the players and paramedics.

Bolivian goalkeeper Pedro Higa was the first to reach Contreras, giving him mouth-to-mouth resucitation before the medics could enter the field.

It was initially reported that Contreras suffered a heart attack, but media reports out of Chile suggest it was not as serious as first thought.

Contreras is currently in a stable condition and will continue to be monitored.