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Four Youngsters Are All Wearing No.34 For Appie Nouri

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.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

"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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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.

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He posted a poignant tribute Instagram, explaining his decision to take the No.34.

Image: Instagram
Image: Instagram

"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."

Topics: Appie Nouri, Ajax, Justin Kluivert

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.