After the game, Chelsea manager Graham Potter said Azpilicueta was “conscious” and “speaking” in hospital.
On Sunday, the full-back tweeted: “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has been looking after me since yesterday’s incident.
“From the @ChelseaFC medical team, to team-mates and opponents, to St Mary’s and Cleveland Hospital and all staff members and doctors: a massive thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now, time to recover and I will see you soon on the pitch!”
“It was a bad moment for us,” Potter said on Saturday. “I think he was unconscious at one point, so it was worrying for everyone. It was accidental but still it was a kick in the face. You can see how bad it was.”
James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick in first-half stoppage time condemned the Blues to their fifth defeat of 2023 and left them 10 points off the Premier League top four with 15 league games remaining.
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