Swansea's Gomis allays health fears after collapsing at Tottenham
Bafetimbi Gomis moved to allay concerns over his health after collapsing during Swansea's Premier League defeat at Tottenham.
Hush fell on the ground where Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest three years ago after the 29-year-old hit the deck as play was about to restart following Nacer Chadli's wonderful, early opener.
Paramedics and medical staff raced to tend to Gomis, who left the White Hart Lane pitch on a stretcher and wearing an oxygen mask after several minutes of treatment.
Fortunately, news emanated from the Swansea dressing room that it was nothing serious, with the 3-2 loss at Spurs one of several times he has fainted during his career.
Gomis was treated at the stadium before going for a precautionary check at hospital and took to Twitter to alleviate concern about his well-being.
"I Wanted to reassure you concerning my Health, it actually looks much more scary than physically dangerous and I am feeling well now,'' he posted via his account, @BafGomis.
"I have been under a great deal of stress and fatigue due to my father health that requires me to go back and forth to France.
"I was disappointed that I couldn't help my team tonight but now everything is back In order.
"I also want to thank everyone for their support and get Well messages."
Swansea manager Garry Monk was not sure after the match whether Gomis, a summer acquisition from Lyon, lost consciousness in the incident which stems from a vasovagal condition.
It is something that has long played a part in the striker's life and, rather remarkably, he had wanted to carry on playing.
"He is fine," Monk said. "Coming off the pitch he was fine, talking and he actually wanted to stay on the pitch.
"It's something that we're well aware of and it's part of his history, but obviously he's had all the checks.
"We knew about this when he came to the club. He's had all the medical checks that you can possibly do and it's just part of his life. It's to do with low blood pressure.
"I didn't actually see the situation. Our physios went onto the pitch and they relayed the message but he was fine.
"Coming off the pitch, he was talking. He actually wanted to stay on the pitch but obviously precautionary wise, we have to make sure that we double check everything but we're well aware of the history."
Monk does not think the Gomis incident affected his Swansea players in the defeat at White Hart Lane - something backed-up by the fact Ki Sung-yueng drew them level shortly afterwards.
Spurs went back ahead through second-half strikes from Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend, before Gylfi Sigurdsson's late effort led to a nervy ending in what Mauricio Pochettino thinks was a deserved win.
"I'm happy for the players because they deserve this victory,'' the Tottenham head coach said. ''It was a very important three points for us, I'm happy for the performance, it was fantastic."