Ajax player suffers permanent brain damage

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 24: Abdelhak Nouri of Ajax in action during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between AFC Ajax and Panathinaikos FC at Amsterdam Arena on November 24, 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

    Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri suffered “serious and permanent brain damage” after collapsing in a friendly match on Saturday.

    Written by Konstantin Raychev. July, 14. 2017

    The 20-year-old had “cardiac arrhythmias”(heart rhythm problems) during Ajax’s friendly against the German Werder Bremen.

    Unfortunately, according to a club’s statement, the chances for full recovery are very small.

    The statement added:

    “The diagnosis was made that a lot of [his] brain is not functioning. All this probably occurred due to a lack of oxygen supply.”

    EMPOLI, ITALY - MAY 19: Afriye Acquah of Empoli Fc in action during the Serie A match between Empoli and Torino FC at Stadio Carlo Castellani on May 19, 2019 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

    Empoli’s survival depends on beating Inter

    The team has moved out of the relegation zone in the Italian Lega Serie A, but they need their next three points to be saved.

    Even though Monday tests did not indicate anything wrong with the player, latest test results have revealed the extent of the damage. The player was rushed to a hospital in Austria and will later be transferred to a hospital in Amsterdam for further medical care.

    Ajax CEO, Edwin van der Sar, said: “This is the worst possible message. It is terrible. We feel enormously for his parents, siblings and other relatives.

    “The blow is also difficult for Ajax, though we knew we had to consider this scenario. They were uncertain days, lots of people in different ways have sympathised with his situation and is greatly appreciated.

    “Abdelhak is such a great talent, but unfortunately we will never know how far his star would have reached had this not happened. ”

    Nouri played 15 games in total for Ajax last season, scoring one goal in a cup game for his team.

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