AJAX have revealed that midfielder Abedlhak Nouri sadly suffered “serious and permanent brain damage” after collapsing on the pitch five days ago.
The 20-year-old suffered cardiac arrhythmias during a pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen on Saturday.
But Nouri has now suffered further problems after being put in a coma while on intensive care.
An initial brain scan at the start of the week couldn’t find any anomalies, while his heart was “functioning normally.”
But Ajax have now revealed that more tests conducted after Nouri was brought out of his coma have confirmed their worst possible fears.
The Dutch giants tweeted: “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.”
Ajax previously confirmed that any updates on Nouri’s condition will come via their official channels.
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And the capital club have now started a hashtag in support of the youngster – #StayStrongAppie.
Fans from all around the football world have been paying tribute to Nouri following the shock news.
But they may have to wait a while before Ajax provide any more details at what will be a truly distressing time for his family.
WHAT IS A CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIA?
ALSO known as an abnormal heart beat, an arrhythmia means your heart isn't beating right.
It can be beating too slow, or too fast or with an irregular pattern, according to the British Heart Foundation.
Your heart has an electrical system that tells it when to beat and push blood round the body.
If there’s a problem with the system you can experience an abnormal heart beat.
It’s normal for your heart rate to vary during the day.
It should be slower when you’re resting, and faster when you’re exercising, walking, or even when you’re anxious or excited.
Signs you could have an irregular heart beat include:
- palpitations – where your heart feels like it’s poounding or fluttering
- feeling like your heart has skipped a beat
If you’re worried visit your GP and they will be able to perform tests, to check you heart.