Tue 07 February 2023 | 12:00

Former Chelsea forward Christian Atsu rescued from rubble alive after earthquake in Turkey

Former Newcastle player Christian Atsu has been pulled from the rubble of a building after earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Hatayspor's vice-president Mustafa Ozat has confirmed that

Christian Atsu

is alive after being pulled from a collapsed building following the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

According to reports in Turkey, Hatayspor sporting director Taner Savut remains in the rubble and search and rescue teams are looking for him.

"Christian Atsu was removed from the wreckage with injuries,"

Ozat told Radyo Gol.

"Unfortunately, our sporting director Taner Savut is still under the rubble.

"Hatay was deeply affected. We are coming towards the end of the most dangerous hours."

The Ghana Football Association tweeted:

"We've received some positive news that Christian Atsu has been successfully rescued from the rubble of the collapsed building and is receiving treatment.

"Let's continue to pray for Christian.”

Atsu joined


in 2013, but never played for them. He played for

Newcastle United

between 2016 and 2021 and made 121 appearances. The 31-year-old winger joined the Turkish club Hatayspor in 2022.

Turkish authorities say the death toll from the earthquakes centred in southeastern Turkey has risen to 3,419, bringing the total number of killed, including those in northern Syria, to more than 5,000.

It has been reported that 5,775 buildings have collapsed in both countries. The World Health Organization warned the number of casualties could exceed 20,000.

Turkey has deployed more than 24,400 search and rescue personnel to the quake area.

source: SportMob

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