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Christian Kabasele leaves pitch with oxygen following horrific goal post collision but says ‘hopefully n – The Sun

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CHRISTIAN KABASELE needed oxygen after a horror collision with the goal frame on Wednesday.

The Watford defender crashed into the goal post early in the game against Chelsea at Vicarage Road and was taken to hospital.

 Christian Kabasele left Vicarage Road on a stretcher with oxygen on his way into an ambulance

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Christian Kabasele left Vicarage Road on a stretcher with oxygen on his way into an ambulance
 Christian Kabasele was taken to hospital after his horror collision

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Christian Kabasele was taken to hospital after his horror collision
 Christian Kabasele collided with the post at Vicarage Road

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Christian Kabasele collided with the post at Vicarage Road

And Kabasele was wheeled away on a stretcher towards an ambulance with a mask strapped to his mouth.

The 27-year-old hit the frame right under his armpit and was attended to by medical staff by the pitch side.

A few minutes later a stretcher was brought out with concerned faces around the stadium.

But Kabasele was remarkably back on his feet and jogged onto the pitch to play on.

He only lasted a few minutes, though, before being replaced by Adrian Mariappa in the 15th minute.

Kabasele received a warm ovation from Vicarage Road, not least for his goal-line clearance that prevented the Hornets from falling behind.

But it came at a cost as his Boxing Day was over very quickly.

 Concerned players attend to Christian Kabasele after his collision

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Concerned players attend to Christian Kabasele after his collision
 Watford medical staff attend to Christian Kabasele

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Watford medical staff attend to Christian Kabasele
 The Watford defender tried to tough it out, but could not carry on

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The Watford defender tried to tough it out, but could not carry on

Towards the end of the first, Kabasele was seen being taken away on a stretcher towards an ambulance on television pictures.

He had an oxygen mask on his mouth as stewards cleared the way for paramedics to escort the Watford defender away.

But on the morning after the Belgian was in good spirits as he issued an update on Twitter, joking that the goal post had come to visit him in hospital.

He wrote: “Good morning everybody. Hopefully nothing broken but still have big pain🤕

“Great gesture of the goal post who visited me at hospital 🤭 Thank you for your messages I hope to be back as soon as possible”

Watford lost 2-1 to Chelsea in the late game on Boxing Day to round off a busy afternoon in the Premier League.

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