Saint-Etienne striker Bahebeck hospitalized after breathing troubles

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Saint-Etienne striker Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, has been hospitalized due to “chest discomfort,” according to an official team release.

Initial reactions to that type of problem is to think of a heart attack, but according to reports out of France, Bahebeck did not suffer a cardiac arrest, but instead was dealing with “major heat stroke” and thus had trouble breathing.

After looking woozy and discombobulated on the field towards the end of the first half, the 22-year-old was substituted off at halftime of today’s 2-1 win over 10-man SC Bastia, with Kevin Monnet-Paquet replacing him.

The weather in Saint-Etienne and at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard was a relatively toasty 86 degrees, with most of western Europe in a heat wave. Often, it’s not just the heat that causes problems like these but is aided by a lack of hydration or prior exhaustion.

St. Etienne manager Christophe Galtier left the postmatch press conference nearly in tears, saying he hoped the issue was simply heat-related and nothing more.