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Saracens' Brad Barritt one of many well-wishers to show support for Michael Fatialofa

By PA Authors
By Online Editors

Worcester lock Michael Fatialofa has been inundated with messages from well-wishers as he recovers from a serious neck injury.

Fatialofa remains in intensive care at St Mary’s Hospital in London after undergoing successful surgery last week to relieve pressure on his spinal cord.

The 27-year-old New Zealander suffered the injury during Worcester’s 62-5 Gallagher Premiership defeat against Saracens at Allianz Park on January 4.

“More than 760 messages of support for injured Warriors lock Michael Fatialofa have been sent in just five days to the special email address that has been set up by the club,” Worcester said on their official website.

“The messages include one from Brad Barritt, the captain of Saracens who were Warriors’ opponents when Michael suffered a neck injury in the Gallagher Premiership match at Allianz Park.

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“Michael remains in a serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.”

Play was held up for almost ten minutes as Fatialofa received medical attention and, having been carried from the pitch on a stretcher, he was taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital.

Warriors set up the email address – fats@warriors.co.uk – last week to enable well-wishers to send messages to Fatialofa and wife Tatiana.

“Michael and Tatiana are thankful of the messages they have received so far and the support that has been shown by the rugby community,” Worcester added.

“Warriors players have shown their support for Michael by wearing training tops with ‘Fats’ written on the back and matchday shirts with the initials ‘MF’ on the bottom right-hand side.”

– Press Association 

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Saracens' Brad Barritt one of many well-wishers to show support for Michael Fatialofa