Fatialofa surgery a success, say Worcester

2020-01-07 17:29
Michael Fatialofa (PA)
Michael Fatialofa (PA)

London  - English Premiership club Worcester announced on Tuesday that lock Michael Fatialofa had undergone successful surgery to relieve pressure on his spinal cord.

Register your interest for the British & Irish Lions tickets in South Africa 2021

The New Zealander suffered a neck injury during Worcester's 62-5 Premiership defeat against Saracens at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Play was held up as he received medical attention and, having been carried from the pitch on a stretcher, he was taken by ambulance to hospital in London.

In a statement, Worcester said: "Warriors lock Michael Fatialofa is resting and recovering in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, having undergone surgery last night to relieve pressure on his spinal cord caused by swelling.

"The operation was a success and Michael is stable but remains in a serious condition and receiving ongoing care at the intensive care unit of the hospital.

"The process of recovery and observation of improvement will now begin."

In an earlier update issued on Monday, Worcester said the injury had left Fatialofa with reduced power and sensation in his arms and legs.

Fatialofa is in his second season at Worcester following his arrival from New Zealand Super Rugby side Hurricanes.


Read more on:    worcester  |  michael fatialofa  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Who should walk away the winner in the Team of the Year category at the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.