Worcester Warriors’ New Zealand forward Michael Fatialofa is to spend a second night in hospital following concerns over the neck injury he suffered in Saturday’s heavy defeat at Saracens.
Play was held up for 15 minutes as Fatialofa was treated and taken off on a stretcher, after a collision a minute after coming on as a replacement.
Family members remain at his bedside at St Mary’s Hospital in London, a hospital that specialises in head and neck injuries.
The most important rugby matter of the day – the health and wellbeing of Michael Fatialofa, let’s hope for a positive outcome. 🙏🏻— Ian Price (@goatteeboy) January 5, 2020
A statement from the club this evening read:
“Warriors lock Michael Fatialofa will spend a second night in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington where his condition continues to be assessed.
“Fatialofa was taken from the pitch on a stretcher after he was injured in a collision shortly after he came on as a replacement in Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Saracens at Allianz Park.
“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.”
Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons said in his post-match press conference: “It seemed like he dropped his head as he went into contact.
“I haven’t studied the footage but it seems like he’s taken a blow to the neck.
“For me, a neck injury like that is a massive concern and I am worried about it, but the medics have taken all precautions and have done everything possible.”