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TURKEY: Christian Atsu Still Missing After Reported Rescue

There is a growing concern for the life of Ghana international, Christian Atsu among his club and team mates after his Turkish club said they cannot find him at the hospital he’s reportedly been taken after being pulled out of the rubbles of a collapsed building.

Hatayspor club was told on Tuesday Atsu was rescued from a collapsed building and the former Premier League player, who joined the Turkish side last year, was reportedly taken to a hospital on Monday after being injured in a building collapse in the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has brought widespread devastation to Turkey and Syria.

After Hatayspor’s vice president claimed Atsu was found, the team’s doctor Gurbey Kahveci has since said: “When we heard the news that ‘he was taken to Dortyol Hospital,’ we especially went and looked, but he was not there.”

Nana Sechere, Atsu’s agent, added on Twitter on Wednesday that despite the initial reports that Atsu had been “pulled out alive, we are yet to confirm Christian’s whereabouts.”

Hatayspor players Burak Oksuz, Kerem Alici and Onur Ergun, as well as team officials Ekrem Eksioglu and Osman Ates, were rescued from the rubble on the first day, it was reported.

Atsu was part of the Newcastle team which won promotion back to the Premier League in 2017 after joining on loan for the season from Chelsea, and later completed a permanent move. He has also won 65 caps for Ghana.