Black StaChristian Atsu, a winger for the Ghanaian Black Stars, is one of many people in Turkey who are buried by debris as a result of a significant earthquake on Monday.
Atsu, a former player for Chelsea and Newcastle United who now plays for Hataysport in Turkey, was caught up in the 7.7-magnitude earthquake, prompting a search and rescue operation.
After the earthquake, several members of Atsu’s new team needed to be saved, and while a search and rescue operation is launched, it is now claimed that he is one of the people still missing.
Just hours before the earthquake hit, Atsu scored his first goal for Hataysport this past weekend.
Taner Savut, the club’s sporting director, is also trapped as rescue efforts continue.
According to officials, the incident has resulted in the deaths of over 1,300 people and the injuries of another 6,000.
Several hours after the initial earthquake hit a large 7.5-magnitude aftershock struck southern Turkey. According to reports, it was felt again in Iraqi Kurdistan as well as Syria.
Atsu joined Saudi club Al-Raed in 2021 after leaving Newcastle, where he had played over 100 games, however he later left the Middle East for Turkey in the summer.
Atsu first came to Chelsea from Porto as a young player in 2013, and he later went on several loans.
Prior to moving permanently to Newcastle United in 2017, having never played a Premier League game for Chelsea, he briefly played for Everton and Bournemouth.