Ruben De La Red Collapses on the Pitch

Neil MelmsContributor IOctober 30, 2008

During a Copa Del Rey match against Real Union, Real Madrid's Ruben De La Red suddenly collapsed without warning while jogging back towards the middle of the pitch.

The game started off to a brisk pace with Real Union finding the back of the net within the first two minutes of play. It wasn't long before Los Blancos responded with a typical Guti style pass releasing Higuain on the right. The Argentine calmly finished, bringing the Whites even at one a piece.

In the 13th minute of play, De La Red took less than six strides before collapsing on his face. Both teams suddenly rushed to his aide and it wasn't long before the medical staff reached Ruben.

His eyes rolled back prior to losing consciousness but reports states that he was awake while he was being carried off the field a few minutes later.

The cause of his collapse points to his blood pressure dropping at a very dangerous level.

He will be kept in a local hospital overnight and will be closely monitored.

The matched resumed shortly with Real Union eventually winning 3-2, with the return leg at the Bernabeu deciding the match in a couple of weeks.

Personally, after Ruben De La Red went down, the match had very little meaning to me. This incident immediately brought back the memories of what happened to an unfortunate passing of Antonio Puerta last year.

All the fear and the sadness that I've experienced witnessing Puerta's collapse came back in waves and I am now asking everyone to keep him in your prayers.