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Ajax’s Abdelhak Nouri suffered serious, permanent brain damage after collapse

Ajax’s Abdelhak Nouri suffered serious, permanent brain damage after collapse

- Nouri collapsed in his side's pre-season friendly with Werder Bremen last weekend

- He was treated on the pitch before being taken to the hospital by a helicopter

- He made 15 appearances in all competitions for the Europa League finalist last season

Ajax have announced that midfielder Abdelhak Nouri has suffered serious and permanent brain damage after collapsing during a friendly.

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

The 20-year-old required emergency treatment from paramedics on the field and was eventually airlifted to hospital.

Ajax’s Abdelhak Nouri suffered serious, permanent brain damage after collapse

Nouri suffered permanent brain damage. Photo: Uefa.com

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“Ajax are deeply saddened by the news that Appie Nouri has been diagnosed with serious and permanent brain damage,” the club wrote on Twitter.

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

NAIJ.com understands the brain damage came about as a direct result of the cardiac arrhythmia he suffered on the pitch.

Nouri made 15 appearances for Ajax’s first team last season, including three in the Europa League, and scored on his senior debut in a 5-0 win against Willem II in the KNVB-Beker.

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