Turkey Earthquake: Former Chelsea Striker Christian Atsu Rescued

Ghana Football Association has said former Chelsea striker Christian Atsu has been successfully rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building following an earthquake in southern Turkey and is currently receiving treatment.

The 31-year-old former Newcastle United star was caught up in the 7.7 magnitude earthquake which happened on Monday.

It is reported that Atsu has been found alive after being trapped for a period of time. Atsu is said to be having a foot injury and breathing difficulties.

Atsu currently plays for the Turkish club Hatayspor, which is located in the city of Hatay, which is one of the worst affected areas.

Teammates including Onur Ergun, Burak Oksuz, Ruben Ribeiro, Ze Luis and Kerim Alici are all safe.

Atsu joined Chelsea in 2013 and has played for a number of clubs in England. Last summer, he transferred to his current club Hatayspor.

He scored his first goal for the club on Sunday night shortly before the earthquake happened.

A second earthquake of magnitude 7.5 hit the south of Turkey just hours after the original quake. Parts of Syria have also been affected by the earthquake.

It has been reported that at least 2,800 people have tragically lost their lives. That number is expected to rise considerably in the coming days.

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