Ajax midfielder Evander Sno has been transferred to a hospital in Amsterdam from Arnhem after receiving life-saving treatment on the pitch last night.
Sno suffered a cardiac arrest during a reserve game at Vitesse Arnhem, and was revived by a defibrillator during 10 minutes of treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital.
He was today taken back to Amsterdam, where doctors plan for him to spend the next two weeks in hospital.
It is not yet known what might have caused the sudden condition, but in a statement on their website, Ajax said the 23-year-old is feeling fine at present.
“Sno is doing well, and there is no change in his situation since Monday night,” the statement said.
The Ajax squad met with team officials this morning for an update on Sno’s condition before their usual training session.
Sno fell to the ground 18 minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute in the match.
Coach Albert van der Dussen praised the team doctors for their quick reaction.
“At first I thought he stumbled, but very quickly everyone realised there was something seriously wrong due to the foam around his mouth,” Van der Dussen told AD.
“Fortunately our doctor and physio were there quickly. They have performed an heroic act and saved his life.
“They gave him the defibrillator three times. We feared for his life, he was very lucky.”
Sno, who started his career at Feyenoord before spells at NAC Breda, Celtic, Ajax and Bristol City, finally came round.
“He looked surprised to see all those people there,” added Van der Dussen.
“I don’t think he realised what was going on but everyone was greatly relieved.
“The ambulance crew then took over and took him to hospital.”