Malta Independent

Ajax midfielder Nouri’s condition improving, brother says


The condition of Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri is improving, more than a year after he collapsed during a friendly match and suffered severe brain damage.

In an interview with Dutch national broadcaste­r NOS that aired over the weekend, Nouri's brother said the family has not given up hope of a full recovery.

Abderrahim Nouri said that after initially being in a coma, his brother has been gradually improving since the start of this year and he can now communicat­e with his family by moving his mouth or eyebrows.

"If I compare it with the past, at the moment it's going well. Much better," Abderrahim Nouri said.

However, he added that his brother's physical condition has deteriorat­ed since his collapse because of his lack of movement.

Nouri, a promising midfielder who rose through the Ajax youth system, was 20 when he collapsed last July during a pre-season match against Werder Bremen.

In June, Ajax said he did not receive adequate treatment on the field and accepted liability for the consequenc­es.

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