Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Ajax midfielder Nouri suffers 'permanent brain damage'

Ajax midfielder Nouri suffers 'permanent brain damage'

On Thursday, the club tweeted to say it was "deeply saddened" to confirm Nouri "had been diagnosed with serious and permanent brain damage".

On Monday Ajax revealed Nouri's heart was functioning normally and appeared to be undamaged, adding that it was "too soon to say anything about his recovery, as his brain function can not be tested properly as long as he is kept asleep".

The club later added in a statement: "Nouri's brain functions have been further examined over the last few days at a hospital in Innsbruck".

The Moroccan collapsed during his side's pre-season friendly game with Werder Bremen last weekend.

It is expected Nouri will soon travel to Amsterdam for further treatment, but the chances of recovery are low.

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On Tuesday, the hospital in Innsbruck were "cautiously optimistic" after a CT scan and other neurological tests did not show any abnormalities but Ajax have confirmed the latest tragic developments.

The incident occurred after the 70th minute of the game, when he collapsed suffering from cardiac arrhythmia, which is an irregular heartbeat.

"This is the worst possible news we could get. It's bad. We feel enormously for his parents, siblings and other relatives", Ajax director Edwin van der Sar said.

"The blow is also hard for Ajax, although we knew we might have to consider this scenario". He was part of the squad for the Europa League final in Stockholm in May when Ajax lost 2-0 to Manchester United, but did not play.

"He was such a big talent, he was a great person as well and that is how I know him".

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