Ricky Van Wolfswinkel returned to first team training with FC Basel yesterday, after discovering he had to have surgery on a brain aneurysm six months ago.
After sustaining what seemed to be an innocuous concussion in a Champions League qualifying match last August, scans showed Van Wolfswinkel actually needed immediate surgery to treat the condition.
If an aneurysm was to burst, it can prove to be fatal or cause life changing brain damage.
Some great news!— Dutch Football (@FootballOranje_) February 6, 2020
Ricky van Wolfswinkel is available for Basel once again.
In August the striker was ruled out with a brain aneurysm but he is now fully fit and ready to return to the pitch.
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Van Wolfswinkel will be a recognisable name to Premier League fans, at one time Norwich City’s record signing. The Dutchman struggled to adjust to life in England, scoring just one goal in three years for the Canaries.
FC Basel confirmed via Twitter that the striker had returned to training. Van Wolfswinkel has had a far more successful time of it in Switzerland, making 55 appearances and notching 24 goals since joining the Swiss giants in 2017.
Guess who’s back? Ricky van Wolfswinkel has received the go-ahead to fully partake during trainings and be lined-up for matches again! Welcome back, Ricky! 🙌🏼 #FCBasel1893 #zämmestark #Rickyisback pic.twitter.com/cHH4W9qw3P— FC Basel 1893 🇬🇧 (@FC_Basel_en) February 6, 2020
Talking to the club’s official TV network, Van Wolfswinkel said “I'm very grateful the brain aneurysm got discovered. Normally a brain aneurysm is not discovered in time, only after it has ruptured and caused other damage.”
Van Wolfswinkel had been taking part in training regime’s which included less heading, but the club confirmed he is now ready to return to full training and eligible for selection for first team matches again.
Whilst many fans wished the Striker well, a specialist injury account used the situation to praise the advanced medical care sportsmen receive and the benefit of scans.
Amazing story! How a scan after a concussion saved his life.https://t.co/vMsY83MBeK— InjuryMechanisms (@IMechanisms) February 7, 2020