Porto right-back Nanu was stretchered off the pitch straight into an ambulance after a sickening collision which left former Actual Madrid defender Pepe in tears.
The 26-year-old collided with Beleneses goalkeeper Stanislav Kritsyuk within the dying embers of the Liga NOS fixture after difficult for a excessive ball within the field.
Earlier than Nanu had even hit the deck, gamers from each groups started to beckon for emergency help upon listening to the affect, with an ambulance introduced straight to the pitch.
For ten minutes, the defender lay inclined on the pitch with medics scared to maneuver him and the priority was etched on the faces of each participant.
Fortunately, he was stretchered off of the sphere of play and brought to a close-by hospital after fears a couple of probably life-threatening neck damage have been allayed.
Pepe mentioned after the sport: “I want our colleague Nanu a speedy restoration.
“The medical doctors within the ambulance informed me that he did nicely, that he was already acutely aware”
Nanu was making his eighth league look of what has been a breakthrough season in north-west Portugal.
The previous Benfica youth prospect joined the membership from Maritimo final 12 months and has labored his method into Sergio Conceicao’s first-team.
The defending champions have struggled to maintain tempo with Sporting Lisbon on the prime of the desk and the most recent stalemate was one other blow to their title hopes.