Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri suffers brain damage

Ajax midfielder Nouri suffers brain damage
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Ajax announce that midfielder Abdelhak Nouri has been diagnosed with "serious and permanent" brain damage after collapsing in a friendly match last weekend.

Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri has suffered "serious and permanent" brain damage after collapsing during a friendly match last weekend.

In the fixture with Werder Bremen, Nouri suffered cardiac arrhythmias and although the Dutch club said on Monday that no long-standing issues were expected, they have revealed that further problems have materialised in the days since the incident.

A club statement read: "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."

Nouri - who earned 19 caps for Netherlands Under-19s earlier in his career - scored one goal in 15 appearances in all competitions last season.

A general view of the exterior of the stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group F match between AFC Ajax and FC Barcelona at The Amsterdam Arena on November 5, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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