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Monday 24 September 2018

Pedro returns home after concussion in Arsenal win

Chelsea's Pedro receives medical attention after colliding with Arsenal's David Ospina
Chelsea's Pedro receives medical attention after colliding with Arsenal's David Ospina

Pedro will return home from Chelsea's pre-season tour after he suffered concussion during Saturday's friendly victory over Arsenal.

The 29-year-old Spain international left the pitch midway through the first half of the 3-0 win over the Gunners at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium after a heavy collision with goalkeeper David Ospina.

The club tweeted on Sunday: "@_Pedro17_ is heading home... #CFCTour."

Manager Antonio Conte was hopeful Pedro could join his team-mates on the next leg of their tour - tomorrow's clash with Bayern Munich at Singapore's National Stadium - but the Premier League club confirmed yesterday morning that the winger would return to England for further observation. A statement read: "Pedro stayed in hospital overnight in Beijing for observation having sustained a concussion and facial injuries in last night's game against Arsenal. He will now return to London for further review."

Michy Batshuayi was on target in each half as Chelsea saw off their Premier League rivals after Willian opened the scoring in China.

Chelsea have issued an apology after admitting Instagram posts by Kenedy had caused "great offence and hurt the feelings of the people of China."

The defender posted the messages ahead of the Blues' 3-0 win over Arsenal at the Bird's Nest in Beijing on Saturday and the 21-year-old was jeered during the pre-season friendly.

He has since apologised for his comments and deleted the posts and said it was "not intentional" to cause any offence.

He posted two videos on Instagram, one with a caption which translated as "F*** you China" and another of a security guard asleep which was tagged: "Wake up China. You idiot."

Chinese fans accused Kenedy of xenophobia and racism, leading to an apology from the player.

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