Antonio Cassano Hospitalized With Mystery Illness; Symptoms Point To Possible Stroke

DORTMUND GERMANY - FEBRUARY 09: Antonio Cassano of Italy during the International Friendly match between Germany and Italy on February 9 2011 in Dortmund Germany. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Antonio Cassano was admitted to hospital on Saturday night and was transferred to the neurological wing, where they will run tests on the Milan forward's heart and brain.

On Sunday morning, when news began to filter out that Antonio Cassano had been hospitalized after AC Milan's win against Roma, I made a joke about it likely not being serious -- that he'd probably consumed too much cake and had too much energetic sex. Others went the more traditional route, blaming Fantantonio's illness on Nutella. But as reports come in about the Milan forward's condition and symptoms, we're all biting our lips and regretting glib jokes.

Cassano took the plane back from Rome on Saturday night with his teammates, but when the plane landed, he felt ill enough that the team doctor, Rodolfo Tavana, convinced him to go to the hospital. He's still there on Sunday night, and is having difficulty speaking and moving. With symptoms similar to those of a possible stroke, Cassano has been transferred to the neurological wing, where he will undergo tests on his heart and brain.

Considering how much Antonio loves to talk, this sudden illness is more than a little disturbing, especially coming as it does in the midst of his best season in recent memory. He's been involved in the majority of Milan's matches this season and has reintigrated himself into the Italia squad, having scored three goals in Italy's last four games.

Get well, Antonio.

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