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Ex-Motherwell ace van der Gaag collapses whilst managing Belenenses

Former Motherwell and PSV Eindhoven defender Mitchell van der Gaag was taken to hospital after collapsing in the dugout when managing Belenenses on the weekend.

The 41-year old Dutchman momentarily lost consciousness during his side's 1-0 win over former club Maritimo but recovered quickly after undergoing an examination from a heart specialist.

"Mitchell had low blood pressure and lost consciousness briefly," said a club statement. "He was taken to the hospital in Santa Cruz, to be re-evaluated by the cardiology team.

"He spent the night there, as a precaution, left the hospital the next morning and is now resting at home."

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