Bafetimbi Gomis puts fainting incident down to fatigue and stress
Swansea striker was stretchered off in defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday night
Swansea City’s Bafetimbi Gomis is stretchered off during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA
The France striker, a summer signing from Lyon, went to ground as the players made their way to restart after Nacer Chadli gave Spurs a seventh-minute lead at White Hart Lane.
Gomis has a history of losing consciousness, fainting three times since joining Lyon in 2004, with the latest episode prior to Wednesday’s incident occurring while training with France in 2009.
The 29-year-old was attended to for four minutes and left the field a stretcher, by which point he was conscious and wearing an oxygen mask, and he later tweeted to reassure his followers that all was well.
“I Wanted to reassure you concerning my Health, it actually looks much more scary than physically dangerous and I am feeling well now,” Gomis wrote on the social media website.
“I have been under a great deal of stress and fatigue due to my father health that requires me to go back and forth to France.
“I was disappointed that I couldn’t help my team tonight but now everything is back In order.”
“I also want to thank everyone for their support and get Well messages.”
Swans boss Garry Monk revealed, rather remarkably, that Gomis had wanted to carry on playing.
“He is fine,” Monk said. “Coming off the pitch he was fine, talking and he actually wanted to stay on the pitch.
“It’s something that we’re well aware of and it’s part of his history, but obviously he’s had all the checks.
“We knew about this when he came to the club. He’s had all the medical checks that you can possibly do and it’s just part of his life. It’s to do with low blood pressure.
“I didn’t actually see the situation. Our physios went onto the pitch and they relayed the message but he was fine.
“Coming off the pitch, he was talking. He actually wanted to stay on the pitch but obviously precautionary wise, we have to make sure that we double check everything but we’re well aware of the history.”