Worcester have announced that lock Michael Fatialofa has undergone successful surgery to relieve pressure on his spinal cord.

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The 27-year-old suffered a neck injury during Worcester’s 62-5 Gallagher Premiership defeat against Saracens at Allianz Park on Saturday.

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

In a statement, Worcester said: “Warriors lock Michael Fatialofa is resting and recovering in St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, having undergone surgery last night (Monday) to relieve pressure on his spinal cord caused by swelling.

“The operation was a success and Michael is stable but remains in a serious condition and receiving ongoing care at the intensive care unit of the hospital. The process of recovery and observation of improvement will now begin.

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“As always, our thoughts and prayers are with Michael and his family, who we will continue to support however we can as part of the Warriors family.

“Michael and his family are sincerely grateful for the support shown by the rugby community. We will update on Michael’s condition as appropriate.”

– Press Association 

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