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Ajax star Abdelhak Nouri out of coma, at home and communicating with family after collapsing on pitch in 2017

It was feared the Ajax star would remain in a permanent vegetative state after collapsingCredit: Central European NewsHis father Mohammed, visibly emotional on the show, continues to hope for a miracle.

Medics held a barrier around Nouri as they attempted to treat him on the pitch in the pre-season friendly against Werder BremenCredit: Getty - ContributorBut incredibly, Appie, who made his debut for the senior team aged 19 in September 2016, is now back communicating and spending time with his loved ones.

Ajax admitted the immediate care Nouri had been given was 'inadequate'Credit: Getty - ContributorIt was in the 72nd minute that he slowed, gently lowered himself to the ground, then turned onto his back and stared into the sky.

When Ajax striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar panicked, the Werder Bremen players reacted in shock and their own team doctor rushed onto the pitch to help too.

Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar, Ajax's CEO, said at the time: "Had this happened, it's possible that Abdelhak would have come out in a better condition.

Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri collapses on pitch during reserve match with Werder BremenThat now appears to have been the catalyst for his recovery and path to, ultimately, a better standard of living.

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