Karim Bellarabi has been rushed to hospital after collapsing from heat exhaustion in Bayer Leverkusen’s friendly vs Wuppertaler, BBC learns.
The German winger dropped to the ground after being substituted with high temperatures reaching 33C.
The German winger was substituted at half-time but in the 70th minute dropped to the ground by the bench in temperatures that reached 33 degrees in western Germany.
The club have confirmed that the player is in a stable condition and has been taken to hospital as a precaution.
“Karim Bellarabi has collapsed from exhaustion. He seems to be recovering ok, but he’s heading to the hospital to be checked out just to be safe,” read a tweet.
The 28-year-old’s condition has since improved with the German club providing an additional update.
A tweet read: “Karim is doing well and has received the all-clear from the medical staff, but will remain in the hospital overnight for observation. Thanks again for your concern and all of your well wishes!”
Karim Bellarabi has been rushed to hospital (Image: Dennis Grombkowski)
Sporting director Rudi Völler also confirmed the player had showed positive signs, telling Bild: “He was approachable again. I hope it’s not all that bad. ”
The extreme heat is not considered normal, according to a local journalist, and the club acknowledging the effect on both teams in the second half.
“The high temperatures have taken a toll, with both sides slowing their pace a bit,” Leverkusen added in a later tweet.
The Bundesliga giants won the friendly 2-0, thanks to goals from Leon Bailey and Jakub Bednarczyk.