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Michael Fatialofa: Worcester lock remains in hospital with neck injury

Worcester lock Michael Fatialofa will spend a second night in hospital after
suffering a neck injury in the Gallagher Premiership match against Saracens.

Fatialofa, a 27-year-old second row from Auckland, had been on the pitch for just over a minute of Saturday’s 62-5 defeat at Allianz Park when he was hurt while taking the ball into contact.

Play was held up for 15 minutes as he received medical attention and, having been carried from the pitch on a stretcher, he was taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

“Michael Fatialofa will spend a second night in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where his condition continues to be assessed,” read a statement on Worcester’s website.

“We will provide a further update on Michael’s condition when we have one.

“On behalf of Michael we would like to thank all those who have passed on messages of support and concern.”

Fatialofa’s wife, Tatiana, posted an update on his condition on her Instagram on Sunday night that said: “Haven’t had the chance to reply to a single person yet but @michaelfats is overwhelmed (in the best way) by all the prayers and support – it’s truly helping keep his spirits high, just so thankful honestly for the outpouring of love!

“We can tangibly feel the presence of God enveloping us in this horrible situation and have such trust that he is good through it all.

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