Despite conflicting reports, Hatayspor’s president claims that the former Newcastle and Chelsea player, Christian Atsu has not yet been found in the ruins of the Turkish earthquake.
In the wake of the earthquake that struck the southern Turkey and northern Syria, killing more than 2,500 people so far, it was discovered earlier on February 6 that Atsu, a football player for the Turkish team Hatayspor headquartered amid Hatay, had gone missing in the rubbles
The Guardian later reported that 31-year-old Atsu was in hospital and being treated for injuries to his right foot as well as breathing difficulties. This follows on from a separate, prior report from Turkish journalist Yagiz Sabuncuoglu who claimed that Hatayspor vice-President Mustafa Ozat has said that Atsu and sporting director Taner Savut were still under the rubble, and that the club were trying to reach them.
Tributes have poured in around the football world for Christian Atsu, who has enjoyed a notable career that has seen him play in the Premier League with Chelsea, Everton and Newcastle, as well as in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and beyond.
Christian Atsu has also been capped 65 times for Ghana.