Roma manager Daniele de Rossi explains what caused Evan Ndicka to collapse in abandoned match against Udinese

Evan Ndicka suffered a collapsed lung during last weekend's abadoned Serie A match.Evan Ndicka suffered a collapsed lung during last weekend's abadoned Serie A match.
Evan Ndicka suffered a collapsed lung during last weekend's abadoned Serie A match. | Getty Images
Roma’s Serie A match with Udinese at the weekend was abandoned when Evan Ndicka collapsed in the 72nd minute

AS Roma defender Evan Ndicka suffered a collapsed lung during Sunday's abandoned Serie A match against Udinese, the club has confirmed.

The Ivory Coast international collapsed in the 72nd minute of the contest against the 15th place side and the game was quickly abandoned after he was rushed off the pitch on a stretcher.

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Roma manager Daniele de Rossi allayed fears Ndicka had suffered cardiac issues, but has since confirmed that it is not what the club initially feared.

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“A collapsed lung is a painful thing but luckily, if we can say that, he's not suffering from what we feared.” De Rossi said.

Ndicka spent one night in hospital under observation before being allowed to return to Rome from Udine, with tests revealing no sign of cardiac issues. The match - which was 1-1 when suspended following consultation between referee Luca Pairetto and the two benches - will have to be completed at a later date. 

The capital club are currently fifth in the Serie A table and competing with Bologna for the fourth and final Champions League spot. Udinese, on the other hand, are 15th and just one point clear of the drop zone.

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The Roma squad went to visit Ndicka in hospital, with a statement released on Sunday night confirming he was 'feeling better and is in good spirits'. Ndicka was signed by De Rossi’s predecessor Jose Mourinho in the summer and has so far played 28 games in all competitions, including eight games in the team’s Europa League run. Roma press understands the Portuguese coach wished the player well after his health scare. 

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