Ex-Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel diagnosed with brain aneurysm after tests on head injury suffered in Champions League clash

Ex-Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel diagnosed with brain aneurysm after tests on head injury suffered in Champions League clash

EX-NORWICH striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has discovered he is suffering from a brain aneurysm. The Dutchman, now with Basel in Switzerland, took a

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EX-NORWICH striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has discovered he is suffering from a brain aneurysm.

The Dutchman, now with Basel in Switzerland, took a blow to the head in the final minutes of last week’s Champions League defeat against ASK Linz.

Basel frontman Ricky van Wolfswinkel hurt his head against LASK and later tests revealed he had a brain aneurysm
Basel frontman Ricky van Wolfswinkel hurt his head against LASK and later tests revealed he had a brain aneurysm
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Ricky van Wolfswinkel fends off LASK's Emanuel Pogatetz as the ex-Norwich star played without realising he had a brain aneurysm
Ricky van Wolfswinkel fends off LASK’s Emanuel Pogatetz as the ex-Norwich star played without realising he had a brain aneurysm
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Ricky van Wolfswinkel was with Norwich from 2013-2016 before playing for Vitesse and Basel
Ricky van Wolfswinkel was with Norwich from 2013-2016 before playing for Vitesse and Basel
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The twice-capped star was initially diagnosed with concussion but in further tests doctors found his brain had an aneurysm – a bulging blood vessel, which can be life-threatening.

There had been no prior symptoms, hence why the problem had not been caught earlier.

Van Wolfswinkel, 30, will now undergo treatment which will rule him out for an at-present indefinite amount of time.

He will almost certainly miss the next six months.

The ex-Sporting Lisbon ace, who moved to Carrow Road in 2013 for £8million, said: “To clarify, the hit I got in the game has absolutely nothing to do with the existing brain aneurysm.

“This has been there for a longer period.

In a video message posted on the Basel (FCB) Twitter account, Van Wolfswinkel said: “We cannot say what time actually but it’s for sure not from the hit in the last game.


“I’m just very grateful that it got discovered now because normally it’s not discovered on time, or it’s too late, as soon as it’s already ruptured or caused other damage.

“I want to say thank you to the FCB medical department and the doctors of the university hospital in Basel.

“During the upcoming months I will keep supporting FCB and my team-mates like always and for now I will focus on my health and recovery to be able to do what I love most as soon as possible, and that’s play football.”

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