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Olympiakos striker 'in good condition' after collapse

ESPN staff
March 3, 2014
Michael Olaitan featured in Olympiakos' 2-0 Champions League victory over Manchester United © Getty Images

Olympiakos striker Michael Olaitan is in a "very good condition" in hospital having collapsed during the Athens derby against Panathinaikos.

Olaitan, who played in the Olympiakos' 2-0 Champions League victory over Manchester United last week, collapsed in the first half of Sunday's 3-0 defeat.

He later regained consciousness and was taken to hospital to undergo tests. It is now believed a viral infection was to blame.

"Olaitan is in a very good condition," club doctor Christos Theos told sport.gr. "His heart function is fine. He has been subjected to complete and detailed laboratory tests and imaging tests. We have documented a full pathology. Perhaps the main reason was a viral infection that has been plaguing the player."

Olympiakos boss Michel admitted his team were unable to focus for the remainder of the match due to their concern for Olaitan.

"At first we were shocked and we were also scared about the incident with Michael," Michel told the club's official website. "It was a very unpleasant situation. It was a critical moment, when we saw him leaving with the stretcher and we had no news from the hospital for some time.

"Right now it seems that the situation has stabilised, but they must do several tests because it was fainting and they need to find the cause."

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