Pedro v David Ospina
Saturday was generally a terrific day for Chelsea, except for one incident involving Pedro.
The Blues handed Arsenal their first defeat of pre-season, as Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners over the Gunners in the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.
Willian broke the deadlock, before Michy Batshuayi chipped in with a brace.
However Chelsea’s win came at a cost for Pedro, after the Spanish forward was knocked out by Gunners keeper David Ospina.
The Colombian stopper raced off his line to beat Pedro to a ball over the top, but Ospina took out the Blues forward at the same time.
Indeed, Pedro was wiped out by the collision, blood flowed, and he was taken to hospital as a result.
— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) July 22, 2017
After the match Antonio Conte revealed that Pedro suffered a concussion in the challenge with Ospina. Speaking to Chelsea TV, the Italian said:
Pedro went to the hospital and for sure he should be okay but I think he had concussion.
For this reason, our doctor preferred to take him to the hospital and check him in the right way.
It is a pity because in this period it is not good to have this type of injury but he should be okay.
For sure he stays here [in Beijing] and then if the situation is okay he will come tomorrow to Singapore.
Pedro takes to social media
On Saturday night, Pedro took to social media to keep Chelsea fans updated with his situation.
Vaya susto! Afortunadamente estoy bien. Gracias por vuestros mensajes / What a shock! Fortunately everything is ok. Thnks 4 your messages 👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/8EWFm4YqcJ
— Pedro Rodríguez (@_Pedro17_) July 22, 2017
While it’s difficult to believe that Ospina intentionally went out to hurt Pedro, Chelsea fans were quick to remember the Arsenal goalie has form in this regard.
Who can forget when Ospina knocked out Oscar in similar circumstances?
Tweets on the Pedro v Ospina incident are below.
Today is not the first time David Ospina has left a Chelsea player injured
It was Oscar two years ago and today it is Pedro
Get well soon. pic.twitter.com/jH5aHcD5Bh
— ConteTweets (@ConteTweets) July 22, 2017
Lets take another look at that Ospina challenge on Pedro… pic.twitter.com/6J141TSDb0
— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) July 22, 2017
When Ospina attempted to murder Pedro. Idiot. pic.twitter.com/aijas7YRZX
— CEO (@AhmadYushairy) July 22, 2017
*Ospina takes out Pedro*
Conte: "Two foot Ospina or Chelsea are loaning you out" pic.twitter.com/Eu8a1a5frj
— Alex🏆 (@HazardVersion) July 22, 2017
I'm missing the game but judging by my timeline it would appear that Ospina has killed Pedro. Jens Lehmann working his magic already.
— FK³ (@fkhanage) July 22, 2017
Ospina attempts to kill Pedro. Pedro penalised. Batshuayi disallowed goal for being onside. It's like the FA Cup final again.
— Jon Andrews (@JonAndrews84) July 22, 2017
Ospina's Elbow, chest and thigh hits Pedro in one motion but somehow it's the Chelsea player's foul! pic.twitter.com/kcQ4wE2n6m
— Sripad (@falsewinger) July 22, 2017
— Dan Dormer (@dandormer) July 22, 2017