Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta 'in hospital' but 'conscious' after injury vs Southampton

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta receives medical attention after taking a blow to the head in the Blues' Premier League game against Southampton in February 2023.
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Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is in hospital after taking a nasty blow to the head in the Blues' Premier League defeat to Southampton on Saturday.

The experienced defender was caught in the face by Saints striker Sekou Mara and had to be given oxygen on the pitch in a lengthy stoppage, before he was carried off on a stretcher at Stamford Bridge.

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Ben Hayward
Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is the Weekend Editor of FourFourTwo. A European football writer and Tottenham Hotspur fan with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa America - and has spent much of that time in Spain. Ben speaks English and Spanish, currently dividing his time between Barcelona and London, covering all the big talking points of the weekend on FFT: he’s also written several list features and interviewed Guglielmo Vicario for the magazine.