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Ajax starlet Nouri suffers severe and permanent brain damage

Date Posted,July 12, 2017

Ajax confirm Abdelhak Nouri has suffered severe and permanent brain damage after collapsing during a friendly on Saturday.

The 20-year-old fell to the ground approximately 70 minutes into the game against Werder Bremen.

Medical services rushed to Nouri’s aid where CPR was reportedly administered, before he was airlifted to hospital in Innsbruck.

Nouri was put into intensive care where results have shown that his brain is not functioning and there is a lack of oxygen supply.

A club statement said his chances of recovery from the damage is nil.

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

“The blow is hard here at Ajax, although we knew we had to consider this scenario. They were uncertain days, lots of people in different ways have sympathized with his situation. It is greatly appreciated.

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

Abdelhak Nouri suffers permanent brain damage (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Ajax confirmed the sad news on Thursday on their official Twitter site which said: ‘ Ajax are deeply saddened by the news that Appie Nouri has been diagnosed with serious and permanent brain damage.

‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones in this difficult time.’

Abdelhak Nouri is treated by medics on the pitch (Image: Getty Images Europe)
Supporters were asked to leave the stadium (Image: Getty Images Europe)
Abdelhak Nouri was airlifted to hospital (Image: Getty Images Europe)
Abdelhak Nouri was one of Ajax’s biggest prospects (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Nouri is one of Ajax’s biggest prospects after winning the Player of the Year award for Jong Ajax, who play in the Jupiler League, last season.

He travelled with the Ajax squad to the Europa League final against Manchester United, but played no part in the game.

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