Accidents are unforeseen and at times inevitable. Despite being cautious, serious injuries are still sustained during football matches leading to complete setbacks or even early retirements.

In a match between sporting Lokeren and Genk on Monday, Gregory Mertens, Lokeren defender collapsed and is now said to be in critical condition. The former under 21 Belgium international was rushed to hospital and the medics suspected a cardiac arrest could have caused him the misfortune.

In a statement given in the official club’s site, the 24 year old was given treatment by medical teams of both sides after collapsing. He was later taken to a hospital in Genk where he was admitted awaiting more checkups. The club also sympathized with the family members and friends claiming to be hoping and expecting a positive outcome. Information from reliable sources claim that the cause of the condition is not yet known.

The Belgian newspaper quoted peters Kris, Lokeren doctor saying that all signs point to cardiac arrest, but he is still in constant communication with physicians at Genk hospital where Gregory is receiving treatment. Peters Kris also added that the condition of their defender, Gregory is critical but they are awaiting more extensive tests to determine the way forward.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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