Christian Kabasele taken to hospital after Watford ace suffers nasty collision with post in Chelsea clash
- Watford ace Christian Kabasele was forced off on Wednesday through injury
- The 27-year-old flew towards his own goal to stop a goal but only injured himself
- His arm smacked against the post and he was quickly viewed by medical staff
- After coming off, Watford made the call to send the defender off to hospital
Watford defender Christian Kabasele was taken to hospital after being forced off against Chelsea having suffered a nasty collision with the post.
Chelsea started brightly and after goalkeeper Ben Foster was rounded, Kabasele slid towards goal attempting to preserve the clean sheet – only to suffer a horror injury.
He hit the post under his right arm as fans and Watford coaching staff were left concerned while medical staff attended to him before he was helped off the pitch to be replaced by Adrian Mariappa.
Christian Kabasele was forced off against Chelsea following a nasty collision with the post
He flew into the post as he looked to stop a goal-bound effort from Chelsea on Wednesday
Having been helped back to his feet, he was eventually stretchered to hospital for more tests
Despite returning to his feet momentarily, television pictures towards the end of the first half showed the former Genk man being wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher with the aid of oxygen.
With games coming thick and fast over the Christmas period, it is a blow for Watford to lose one of their key men at the back.
Chelsea winger Willian looked set to squeeze the ball home from a tight angle inside 15 minutes having done the hard work to round Foster in the Hornets goal.
As Willian looked to find the goal from a tight angle, Kabasele put his body on the line to stop it
But Kabasele showed commitment to the cause as he flew back towards his own goal to stop their London rivals taking the lead.
Javi Gracia and the club’s supporters commended the efforts of Kabasele but were soon anxious as to the extent of the injury which saw him treated for a number of minutes before he returned to his feet.
Wincing, the call was made for Mariappa to get stripped and come on and it remains unclear how many matches Kabasele will now be forced to sit out as a trip to the hospital likely to clear up the extent of the injury to the right arm.
But it proved costly as he suffered a nasty injury and he winced before going off to hospital