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Maanum in stable condition after Arsenal Women’s star collapses

Arsenal players go to help Norwegian midfielder Frida Maanum after she is taken ill during the English Women's League Cup final. Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP

Arsenal midfielder Frida Maanum is in “a stable condition” after collapsing during Sunday’s Women’s League Cup final win against Chelsea.

Paramedics and team medical staff raced onto the pitch to help Maanum when she suddenly fell to the turf off the ball in second-half stoppage time at Molineux

The 24-year-old Norway international received oxygen through a mask and was eventually carried off on a stretcher after being treated for around seven minutes.

Both teams remained on the pitch and the match resumed, with Alessia Russo replacing Maanum.

“Frida is conscious, talking and in a stable condition. She will continue to be monitored closely by our medical team. We’re all with you, Frida,” an Arsenal statement said.

Arsenal went on to win the final 1-0 thanks to Stina Blackstenius’ 116th-minute goal.

“It’s devastating to see one of your team-mates go down like that,” Russo said.

“We’re all wishing and praying that she’s OK. I think it was written in the stars that her best mate went and scored the winner for her.

“Frida is a massive player and plays with every bit of her body. She did that today. We just hope she’s OK.”

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