Ajax has received very bad news concerning Abdelhak Nouri’s condition. The Ajax player has suffered serious and permanent brain damage.
Nouri’s brain functions have been extensively examined in the intensive care unit of the Innsbruck hospital. The diagnosis which has emerged is that a large part of his brain is no longer functioning, and that the chance of recovery of these critical brain functions is very low. This is most likely the result of his brain having been deprived of oxygen for too long, after the midfielder collapsed during the Ajax – Werder Bremen friendly in Hippach. He has now been medically cleared for transportation. The expectation is that Nouri will be brought to a hospital in Amsterdam soon.
As previously announced, Ajax is also communicating on behalf of the Nouri family. They have said that they still have hope and have asked people to continue to pray.
Nouri, born on April 2, 1997, in Amsterdam, attended Ajax’s entire youth academy. On September 21, 2016, the midfielder made his debut in the first team during the cup match against Willem II. He’s played a total of fifteen official games, and has scored one goal. The Amsterdam native played 45 times for the Ajax Reserves, and scored eleven goals for that team. Last season, the talented Ajax player received the Gouden Stier, which is the prize for the best Jupiler League player.
General Manager Edwin van der Sar: “This is the worst possible news. It’s terrible. We feel enormously for his parents, siblings and other relatives. Their suffering is impossible to describe. This has hit Ajax very hard as well, even though we were told to consider this scenario. The past days have been uncertain, and so many people, in different ways, have sympathized with his situation. This is greatly appreciated. I’ve seen that the entire club has been hit with this since Saturday. Abdelhak is such a great talent, but unfortunately, we’ll never see how far he would have reached if this hadn’t happened to him.”