Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri wakes up after year-long coma

Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri wakes up after year-long coma

- Nouri was in action for Ajax against Werder Bremen in July 2017 when he collapsed

- Has has made continuous progress, but is not 100%

- The 21-year-old had been in a coma since but has now woken up and is able to communicate

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Ajax midfielder ace Abdelhak Nouri is recovering from brain damage after collapsing on the football pitch in July 2017, and has comatose for over one year.

The 21-year-old Moroccan joined Ajax academy in 2005, as a nine year old.

Abdelhak Nouri recovers from brain damage after 1 year in coma

Abdelhak Nouri collapsed in a pre-season match against Werder Bremen in July 2017, suffering permanent brain damage. Photo credit: Getty Images

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According to Sportbible, his brother Abderrahim Nouri confirmed the midfielder’s condition has witnessed significant progress as the two brothers can now communicate.

Briefly.co.za learnt that during his first pre-season game against Werder Bremen, Nouri suffered a cardiac arrhythmia on the pitch, and was airlifted to hospital.

The Dutch giants confirmed days later that he suffered brain damage as a result of the incident and was able to breathe unaided.

Now, over a year since the incident took place his brother has revealed that Nouri is positively on the path to recovery as 'Appie' can communicate with his family.

Abdelhak Nouri recovers from brain damage after 1 year in coma

Nouri was airlifted to hospital following the cardiac arrest but is now able to communicate now. Photo credit: Getty Images

"If I compare it to before, it is much better at the moment, and his neurological status is better than months ago," his brother said.

Abderrahim said his physical condition had declined owing to his limited movement but his communication skills on the other hand, had improved and he was more receptive.

"Physically it's hard, there's a decline, that's just because he does not move, he's bedridden, he cannot move his body on his own, just his head.You ask him things, for example 'open your mouth' or 'confirm this with your eyebrow', he does that, so there is a kind of communication now," he said.

The Moroccan collapsed during his side's pre-season friendly game agaisnt Werder Bremen in 2017.

The 20-year-old required emergency treatment from paramedics on the field and was eventually airlifted to hospital.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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