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27th Jun 2023

Wojciech Szczesny thought he was ‘going to die’ during incident on the pitch last season

Callum Boyle

Wojciech Szczesny

Szczesny collapsed during a Europa League game

Wojciech Szczesny has opened up on the incident that left him fearing that he was “going to die”.

During a Europa League quarter final tie between Juventus and Sporting CP, Szczesny was spotted clutching his chest before falling to the ground.

The 33-year-old then immediately signalled for medical attention before being leaving the pitch in tears.

After the incident, the former Arsenal goalkeeper underwent treatment via an electrocardiogram, which found no irregularity, but left the Poland international “worried” about his chest pains.

He added: “I’m fine, a little anxious but I just checked and everything is fine.

“What happened? Fear, something that had never happened to me, I was struggling even to breathe, a little anxiety and fear, but now I’m much better.”

Szczesny returned to training shortly after the collapse and was even named on the bench for Juventus’ league game against Sassuolo three days later.

Now, three months on from that night, Szczesny has opened up on the pain he experienced.

“It was scary, I really thought I was going to die,” he told Canal Plus Polonia. “After passing a ball to the defender I felt like my heart was about to explode.

“During a corner kick I told Milik I was hurt but the Sporting players were already taking a corner kick. The chest pain was horrible, to this day we don’t know the reason, probably back or spine problems.”

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