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Fri Apr 25 04:31:11 SAST 2014

Real's Pepe in hospital after head knock

Sapa-AP | 20 August, 2012 12:210 Comments
Real Madrid CF v Valencia CF - La Liga
Pepe of Real Madrid leaves the pitch with a head injury during the La Liga match against Valencia at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 19, 2012 in Madrid, Spain
Image by: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images

Real Madrid defender Pepe has been taken to hospital for overnight observation after hurting his head in a collision during the 1-1 home draw with Valencia in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Pepe collided with teammate Iker Casillas in the 42nd minute when both tried to reach a cross in Madrid’s area that led to Valencia’s goal.

The two players remained prone on the pitch for a few moments.

Pepe was replaced by Raul Albiol at halftime and sent to the hospital afterward.

Madrid says tests revealed no brain damage but that he would spend 24 hours under observation.

Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says “(Pepe) is in hospital and we’ll see how he progresses. He is an important player for us but his health is the most important thing.”

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