In a 3-2 loss against Tottenham Wednesday, Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis collapsed at White Hart Lane. Just three years ago, Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba had a heart attack on the same field.
Gomis, 29, went down eight minutes into the match as play was about to resume. After the match, Gomis said he was “feeling well." In fact, he wanted to continue playing, Swansea manager Garry Monk told ESPN.
This was the latest episode for Gomis, possibly a result of his vasovagal condition. Vasovagal syncope often causes fainting, according to the Mayo Clinic. It occurs when the body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme stress. Triggers cause a sudden drop in heart rate and blood pressure, which leads to reduced blood in your brain. This can result in a brief loss of consciousness.
Hospital tests found no deeper cause for the fainting. The French striker tweeted that he has “been under a great deal of stress and fatigue” since his father’s health declined, requiring him to go back and forth to France.
Gomis, who has reportedly had the condition since he was 14, will return to France and rejoin the club Tuesday, reports the Daily Mail.