Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri has suffered severe and permanent brain damage after collapsing on Saturday, the Dutch club have reported.
The Amsterdam-born Dutch underage global collapsed during his side's game against Werder Breman in Zillertal, Austria on Saturday.
Although Nouri recovered a stable heart rate and Ajax confirmed on Monday that his heart was functioning normally, doctors were unable to examine his brain until he was brought out of an induced coma.
"I want to say again, all of the strength and all of the thoughts are with him, and of course when the work goes onto the pitch then you have to do it, but on days like this it is not easy".
"Ajax are deeply saddened by the news that Appie Nouri has been diagnosed with serious and permanent brain damage", Ajax tweeted on Thursday. But it was with Jong Ajax where he truly shone in Netherlands' second-tier Eerste Divisie, scoring 10 goals and supplying 11 assists in 26 matches for Marcel Keizer's side. "It's awful. We feel enormously for his parents, siblings and other relatives", Ajax director Edwin van der Sar said.
"There are no words to describe what [Nouri's family] are going through". "It's been a real shock to Ajax even though we knew this was a possible scenario". We really appreciate that.
Retired and current players as well as clubs around Europe showed their support to the Ajax player.
"Abdelhak has such great talent, but unfortunately we will never know how far his star would have reached if this had not happened to him", he added.