Ajax's Abdelhak Nouri left permanently brain damaged after collapsing in game

    Nouri played 15 league and cup games for Ajax last season.

    Story highlights

    • Nouri collapsed during a match on Saturday
    • Midfielder was put into an induced coma

    (CNN)A promising 20-year-old Dutch footballer has been left permanently brain damaged after collapsing during a pre-season friendly game, his club Ajax said Thursday.

    Abdelhak Nouri was put into an induced coma at a hospital in Austria after collapsing during the friendly match against Werder Bremen on Saturday, July 8 as the Dutch club prepared for the 2017/2018 season.
      "#Ajax are deeply saddened by the news that Appie Nouri has been diagnosed with serious and permanent brain damage," tweeted the Amsterdam club.
      In a second tweet Ajax said their "thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones in this difficult time."
      Two days ago, the club said