Youngster collapses during friendly

Ajax player Abdelhak Nouri received treatment on the field after collapsing during Saturday’s friendly against Werder Bremen in Austria, with the Eredivisie club later clarifying he had suffered a heart arrythmia but was in a stable condition.


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In the 72nd minute of the game at Lindenstadion in Hippach, the 20-year-old midfielder lay down on his back inside the Bremen half in clear discomfort.

A trauma helicopter then landed on the ground to assist the medics treating Nouri and fans were asked to leave the stadium with the match abandoned.

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Club director of football Edwin van der Sar later reiterated that the worst had passed for Nouri, one of Ajax’s most promising talents.

“At a certain point it took so long, you’re thinking of something really worse since his legs weren’t moving at all,” the former Manchester United goalkeeper told NOS.

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