The World Cup star clutches his chest and collapses in training in Sydney before being rushed to hospital in an ambulance after losing consciousness.
- He reached the World Cup after beating cancer
- It was announced with a shocking goal
- Previously thought the race was over
Rising World Cup star Linda Caicedo may not participate in the tournament again after the Colombian collapsed in training in harrowing scenes that were caught on video.
The young gun, 18, was rushed to hospital and was unconscious for at least 90 seconds as medics and terrified teammates rushed to her aid at the team’s base in Sydney.
The rising star was later released from hospital but is unlikely to appear at his country’s game against Germany on Sunday.
The footage shows the star jogging with his teammates before suddenly stopping, clutching his chest, and falling to the ground.
Concerned players gather around them before a woman who appears to be a coaching staff member runs to the scene, closely followed by other team staff, one of whom was carrying a bag of equipment.
Caicedo is seen clutching his chest during a training run before collapsing to the ground in quite the scare for the young Colombian star.
Caicedo regained consciousness while on a stretcher ready to be taken to the hospital for treatment.
A member of the Colombian Football Association medical staff later said that Linda is “very tired” but “she is back to normal”.
“What happened was just a symptom of all the stress and physical demands of a World Cup,” the team official said.
Caicedo, who scored a memorable goal against South Korea at the Sydney Football Stadium earlier this week, is no stranger to adversity.
At the age of 15, he was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and the disease threatened to destroy his football career.
Colombian colleagues surround Caicedo while she is treated by medical personnel, who assure that she was suffering from fatigue
Caicedo shares the love after scoring in Colombia’s World Cup opening match against South Korea in one of the most moving scenes of the tournament so far.
He needed surgery to remove a tumor and underwent six months of chemotherapy before returning to football.
“At the time, I didn’t think I would be able to play professionally again because of all the treatments and surgeries I had to go through,” he told FIFA.
‘Mentally, it was a very difficult time in my life. I will always be grateful that it happened when I was very young. I was able to recover, I also had the support of my family and now I feel very good.
‘What happened made me grow. I feel grateful and happy to be here.’
Caicedo smiled after her fairy tale return to football with the Colombian team in the Women’s World Cup
Caicedo had the fight of his life when he was diagnosed with cancer as a teenager and thought his football career was over.
Caicedo, who also plays for Spanish giant Real Madrid, was convinced her fledgling professional career was over until she received an encouraging call from Colombia women’s national team head coach Nelson Abadía.
“He said, ‘no, just relax… you’re coming back.'”
The teenager gave fans one of the most emotional moments of the World Cup so far when she scored a goal in her team’s win over South Korea on Tuesday.