Ajax confirm Abdelhak Nouri has suffered permanent brain damage after collapsing in pre-season
Posted: 13 July 2017 Time: 14:03
Ajax Amsterdam have confirmed Abdelhak Nouri has suffered "serious and permanent brain damage" after collapsing during a friendly on Saturday.
The 20-year-old collapsed 70 minutes into last weekend’s pre-season encounter against Werder Bremen, with the medical team rushing onto the pitch before the midfielder was airlifted to a hospital in Innsbruck.
Ajax have since confirmed the news, posting on Twitter:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones in this difficult time. (2/2)#StayStrongAppie— AFC Ajax (English) (@AFCAjax_EN) July 13, 2017
"The chances of recovery of these crucial brain functions is nil," the club said in a statement on its official website on Thursday. "This was probably due to a lack of oxygen supply to his brain."
Nouri has been cleared to leave hospital in Innsbruck and will be transferred to Amsterdam in the coming days.
"This the worst possible news. It's terrible. We feel enormously for his parents, siblings and other relatives,” Ajax director Edwin van der Sar said. "Their suffering is impossible to describe.
"The blow is also being felt at Ajax, though we knew we had to consider this scenario. There were uncertain days, lots of people in different ways have sympathised with his situation. It is greatly appreciated.
"Abdelhak is such a great talent, but unfortunately we will never know how far his star would have reached had things not have happened like this."
Nouri made 15 appearances for the Dutch club last season, including three in the Europa League, though he did not play in the final, a defeat to Manchester United.
He is a Dutch youth international having been born in Amsterdam to parents of Moroccan descent.
The incident comes a little over a month after Ivory Coast international Cheick Tiote collapsed in training with Chinese club Beijing Enterprises and died on June 5.