Pedro: Chelsea winger hit by flying keeper

PEDRO had blood dripping from his head and had to be taken to hospital during Chelsea’s friendly with Arsenal, after picking up a head injury in a brutal collision.

David Ospina clattered into the Spaniard as he rushed out to punch the ball clear, but Pedro looked in agony as he writhed on the turf.

Pedro was cleared out by David Ospina as the Arsenal keeper leapt to punch a high ball.
Pedro sat up with blood clearing dripping from head after the incident.

The impact on Pedro, 29, was so severe he was fully airborne and his head thumped against the turf.

Shots showed blood dripping from his ear and his face as he sat up in a daze while being treated by Chelsea medical staff.

Surprisingly, the referee actually gave a free kick to Arsenal, instead of a penalty to the Blues after the collision.

Antonio Conte looked concerned as he mulled over the change, bringing on French youngster Jeremie Boga.

Pedro then walked over to the touchline before slumping on to the side of the pitch, but he declined to use a stretcher that was brought on.

Conte confirmed to Chelsea TV after the match that Pedro was taken to hospital for routine checks, but suggested the winger should be OK.

David Ospina flew out of his goal to come and punch the ball but Pedro was cleared out in the resulting collision.

Willian gave Chelsea the lead in the friendly game before Michy Batshuayi doubled the tally.

There was also confusion at the start of the second half as match officials originally refused to let Olivier Giroud on to the pitch for Arsenal.

Batshuayi then netted a superb third for Chelsea, only after Blues target Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slipped on the Bird’s Nest pitch.

The two sides play in the Community Shield on August 6, a week before the Premier League season starts.


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