ZIMBABWE international Tino Kadewere was rushed to hospital soon after Real Mallorca’s drawn game against Real Sociedad in the Spanish LaLiga football at the weekend but his club confirmed yesterday the striker was out of danger after recovering from a heat stroke.
Kadewere was taken to hospital by an ambulance after showing signs of discomfort at half-time and could not return for the second half of the 1-1 stalemate with Sociedad at their Mallorca Son Moix Stadium.
The Highfield-born star reportedly suffered from heat stroke and had some stomach discomforts during the half-time break of the 2pm kick-off. The match was played under sunny and humid weather conditions.
According to reports from Mallorca, Kadewere was briefly put under hospital supervision before he was discharged and sent home to recover from the health scare.
Mallorca manager Javier Aguirre said during the post-match interview that he had wanted to keep the player in the field of play for longer in only his fourth start, and 13th appearance overall, since he joined the club on loan from French Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyon late last year.
However, his condition degenerated fast at half-time as he started vomiting and experiencing stomach complications. The Mallorca team doctor Adolfo Munoz instructed that he be transferred to a nearby hospital where he was attended to and had different medical tests done to diagnose the problem.
The club said Kadewere was in “hospital observation after an indisposition with a picture of gastroenteritis that has been aggravated by the high temperatures this Sunday, as well as by the physical demands of the match.”
The club later announced that tests were conducted and he was getting better and had been discharged from the hospital.
“He presents a normal, analytical CT scan with dehydration and somewhat anomalous values due to the effort but his progress is good.”
“Kadewere will rest at home after being under hospital observation for an indisposition at rest,” added the club.
The teams Mexican coach Aguirre, who had spoken against the 2pm kick-offs during the build-up, acknowledged that Kadewere was not in good condition at half-time and that he hoped that the league would introduce a water break to relieve the players because of the heat.
Aguirre wanted Kadewere to play more minutes as part of his game-plan. The Zimbabwean had the team’s best chance in the first half but he dragged his shot just wide, having been sent through by Pablo Maffeo.
Kadewere stayed in the dressing room at the end of the first 45 minutes and was replaced by Abdon Prats, who later provided the assist for the equaliser, scored by South Korean Lee Kang-in, to secure a crucial point at home.
“Kadewere had planned to stretch a little more and have more minutes, but he was not right in the game and with the heat stroke at half time he started vomiting and the change was natural,” Aguirre was quoted by the Spanish media.
Kadewere became the first Zimbabwean footballer to play and score in the Spanish LaLiga. He scored his only LaLiga goal in the 4-2 win over Villarreal in his first start for the side recently.
The lanky forward was sent on loan to help him to get back to the top of his game in Spain after he was deemed excess to requirements by Lyon on the back of struggles with injuries and the subsequent loss of form.
But after encountering an injury setback on arrival in Spain, the 27-year-old forward is now back to serious business and has been getting generous game time at his new club.
The forward has been gradually introduced into the team after recovering from an injury that kept him out for three months.