Four Youngsters Are All Wearing No.34 For Appie Nouri
Four youngsters are all wearing the No.34 at their new clubs as a tribute to Appie Nouri.
The youngster collapsed in a pre-season friendly with Werder Bremen in July 2017 and was immediately treated by paramedics before being airlifted to hospital.
It was then revealed that 'Appie' had serious and permanent brain damage - his career over before it had really even began. Promisingly, Abderrahim Nouri, the player's brother, has revealed small progress with his situation to the point there has been small communication between him and his family.
"Since December, January, his consciousness has improved and since then there has been a form of communication," the elder sibling told NOS.
"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."
But with Nouri in a very difficult condition, two of his former teammates Justin Kluivert (Roma) and Amin Younes (Napoli), as well as Kevin Diks (Fiorentina) and Philippe Sandler (Man City) have all honoured him.
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New City signing Philippe Sandler is one of several ex-Ajax youngsters to take the number 34 shirt at their clubs in tribute to Abdelhak 'Appie' Nouri, who has permanent brain damage.
Justin Kluivert (Roma) and Amin Younes (Napoli) have done the same. pic.twitter.com/hzgCbDiSlF
- City Watch (@City_Watch) August 14, 2018
Justin Kluivert #ASROMA , Amin Younes #SSCNapoli and Philippe Sandler #MCFC have all taken No.34 at their new clubs as a tribute to Abdelhak Nouri.
Appie has apparantly woken on the 5th of August from his coma recognising family members and communicating :muscle: #StayStrongAppie pic.twitter.com/rILaRmqYI3
- That Stat Football (@That_Stat_) August 20, 2018
Kluivert, who worked his way into the Ajax first-team set-up at a similar time as Nouri, is not forgetting about him in his new chapter.
Justin Kluivert has announced he will wear the No. 34 shirt next season - in tribute to his friend and former teammate Abdelhak Nouri :yellow_heart::pray::heart:#ASRoma #StayStrongAppie pic.twitter.com/drRMn0nTpF
- AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) July 6, 2018
He posted a poignant tribute Instagram, explaining his decision to take the No.34.
"Why 34? Appie's number," Kluivert's caption read on his post last month. "My prayers and shirt number for you, my friend-brother who taught me so much."