Soccer player collapses during game, is left brain damaged

Abdelhak Nouri plays for Dutch club Ajax
Soccer player collapses during game, is left brain damaged
Posted at 8:33 AM, Jul 13, 2017

A promising 20-year-old Dutch footballer has been left permanently brain damaged after collapsing during a pre-season friendly game, his club Ajax said Thursday.

Abdelhak Nouri was put into an induced coma at a hospital in Austria after collapsing during the friendly match against Werder Bremen on Saturday, July 8 as the Dutch club prepared for the 2017/2018 season.

"#Ajax are deeply saddened by the news that Appie Nouri has been diagnosed with serious and permanent brain damage," tweeted the Amsterdam club.

In a second tweet Ajax said their "thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones in this difficult time."

Two days ago, the club said tests had shown that the Amsterdam-born player's heart was "functioning normal and appears to be undamaged," but tests could not at the time be conducted on his brain as he remained asleep.

Nouri played 15 league and cup games for Ajax in 2016-17, scoring one goal in a Dutch Cup tie.

Ajax finished second to Feyenoord, while the Dutch club were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United in the Europa League final.

Ajax is one of European football's most storied clubs having won the European club and has a long tradition of developing young players.

During his career, Nouri, who was born in Amsterdam to parents of Moroccan descent, has played for Holland's Under-15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 teams.