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Nigeria and Olympiakos midfielder, Michael Olaitan, is in stable condition in hospital after he collapsed on the field of play in the 35th minute during the Athens derby between his team and Panathinaikos in the Greek Super League.
Olaitan, 20, fell down without any contact at the Karaiskakia Stadium was quickly attended to before he was whisked to the Metropolitan hospital for further tests.
Despite various claims in the media, the Olympiakos medical team led by Dr Christos Theos has released a statement as regards the Nigerian international to ascertain the true state of the former Veria FC player's condition.
"In the 35th minute of the first half of the match between Olympiakos and Panathinaikos at the Karaiskaki Stadium, Olaitan suffered a sudden loss of consciousness," Theos revealed via a statement on the club's official website, www.olympiacos.org).
"He was provided with immediate and effective first aid and having already regained full consciousness in the infirmary of the field, he was taken to the Metropolitan Hospital for further testing and treatment.
"He has been in the cardiology unit for continuous monitoring. The first diagnosis of the results and with abundant proof is that he suffered from myocarditis (viral )."
The doctor also revealed that further tests are being carried out by the club before they reach a final consensus regarding the midfielder's status as various members of the technical team and players visited Olaitan at the hospital.
"All necessary steps have been taken to provide him with the required attention and checks to make sure he is soon on his feet.
"We do not like all the rumours around the media as regarding the present health of the players.
"Everything will be made clear in due time after we are done with all the pathology and diagnosis we intend to undertake," said the doctor.
Olympiakos lost their 26-game unbeaten run in the league as they were humbled 3-0 by arch rivals and capital city neighbours, Panathinaikos.