7 Jan 2020

Michael Fatialofa to have surgery on injured neck

10:08 am on 7 January 2020

New Zealand rugby player Michael Fatialofa is to undergo surgery on the neck injury he sustained playing in the English Premiership.

A dejected Michael Fatialofa of the Hurricanes.

Michael Fatialofa. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Worcester lock was injured during their loss at Saracens on Sunday.

He was taken from the field on a stretcher and was unable to feel sensation in his arms and legs.

The 27-year-old remains in intensive care at St Mary's Hospital in central London after sustaining bruising and swelling on his spinal cord.

He will undergo surgery on Tuesday to relieve the pressure caused by the bruising.

Fatialofa is fully conscious and is being supported by his family.

"Nick Tait, Warriors' club doctor, and the club's medical team are in daily contact with Michael's neurosurgeon," a Worcester statement read.

"Michael and his wife, Tatiana, have been overwhelmed by messages and offers of support from the rugby community across the world.

"Warriors players, staff and club co-owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham, have also been closely involved in supporting Michael and his family."

Fatialofa spent three seasons playing Super Rugby for the Hurricanes before signing with Worcester in 2018.