Madrid dispel De la Red concerns

Real Madrid CF have announced that midfielder Rubén de la Red is out of danger after the player collapsed on the pitch during his team's 3-2 Copa del Rey defeat by second-tier Real Unión Club in Irun on Thursday night.

Rubén de la Red spent Thursday night in hospital as a precaution
Rubén de la Red spent Thursday night in hospital as a precaution ©Getty Images

On-field fright
The Spanish international was jogging out of the opposition area when he fainted in the 13th minute of the last-32 meeting. De la Red regained consciousness but was substituted and taken to the Hospital Comarcal in Irun, where he spent the night as a precaution. Club doctors say the 23-year-old blacked out due to a drop in blood pressure caused by overexertion. Real Unión will take a one-goal advantage to the Santiago Bernabéu in a fortnight's time thanks to first leg goals from Juan Domínguez (2) and Iñaqui Goikoetxea. Gonzalo Higuían and Javier Saviola were Madrid's scorers.

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