Family members remain at his bedside at St Mary’s Hospital in London, a hospital that specialises in head and neck injuries.
Play was held up for nearly 10 minutes as he received medical attention and, having been carried from the pitch on a stretcher, he was taken by ambulance to hospital where he continues to be assessed.
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.”
There’s been an outpouring of well wishes for the 6’6, 114kg New Zealander, who joined Worcester in 2018.
Thank you for all the messages regarding @michaelfats ?
He is currently in hospital being assessed – we will provide further updates when we know more.
— Worcester Warriors (@WorcsWarriors) January 4, 2020
Just hearing the news of Michael Fatialofa neck injury. Scary stuff. My thoughts are with him and his family right now. really hoping it’s not as bad as it sounds and that he improves soon ?
Does anyone know how Fatialofa is, hope he’s ok
— Austin Healey (@IamAustinHealey) January 4, 2020
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
Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael Fatialofa of @WorcsWarriors wishing you a swift and full recovery?
Alan Solomons spoke of his ‘massive concern’ for the player yesterday.
“For me, a neck injury like that is a massive concern and I am worried about it, but I haven’t had any report from the hospital,” Solomons said.
“It seemed like he dropped his head as he went into contact, but I haven’t studied the footage. It seems like he’s taken a blow to the neck.
“The medics have taken all precautions and have done everything possible. We’ve contacted his partner to let her know.”
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall added: “Our thoughts are with Michael Fatialofa. It didn’t look great. His health is the most important thing.”
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