Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta thanked the club's medics, his team-mates and staff at the hospital where he was treated after his head injury against Southampton.

Azpilicueta was carried off on a stretcher during Saturday's defeat at Stamford Bridge, after taking a boot to the face from Sekou Mara while defending a corner.

There was a long stoppage in play while the 33-year-old received treatment on the pitch, before he was transported to St Mary's Hospital in west London.

Head coach Graham Potter confirmed after Chelsea's 1-0 defeat to the league's bottom side that Azpilicueta was responsive and speaking to his wife.

On Sunday, Azpilicueta posted an update on social media, targeting a return to action.

"Hi everyone! Thank you all for your love and messages of support! My family and I would like to thank everyone who has been looking after me since yesterday's incident," the defender tweeted, along with a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up.

"From the Chelsea medical team, to team-mates and opponents, to St Mary's and Cleveland Hospital and all staff members and doctors: a massive thank you from the bottom of my heart.

"Now, time to recover and I will see you soon on the pitch!"

Chelsea's defeat left them in 10th place and lagging way behind in the top-four race, with scrutiny growing on Potter.