UPDATE | Michael Fatialofa out of intensive care

Worcester Warriors forward Michael Fatialofa is out of intensive care as he recovers from a serious neck injury that he suffered during his side’s game against Saracens on January 4.

Despite the good news, the locks condition remains serious and he is now receiving care in the Major Trauma Unit at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

Worcester hooker Joe Taufete’e posted pictures of Fatialofa on Instagram, in which he is sitting up.

A statement from Worcester Warriors read: “Michael has been diagnosed with a spinal contusion, a serious condition which causes compression on the spine. He has undergone surgery to relieve the pressure on his spinal cord caused by bruising and swelling.

“Michael’s condition remains serious but he is making good progress and he is showing encouraging signs of improvement.

“The hope is that Michael will soon be transferred to the internationally-acclaimed spinal injuries unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire to continue his rehabilitation.”

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