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Ricky van Wolfswinkel Diagnosed With Brain Aneurysm Following Concussion Scans

FC Basel striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is currently undergoing treatment for a brain aneurysm.
The 30-year-old was rushed to hospital following a concussion injury playing for FC Basel in a Champions League qualifying match against LASK on Wednesday night.

Scans highlighted a pre-existing condition, meaning the aneurysm was not caused by the severe concussion sustained in the final minutes of Wednesday's clash against LASK.

"I'm very grateful the brain aneurysm got discovered," van Wolfswinkel said in an interview with FC Basel.

"Normally a brain aneurysm is not discovered in time, only after it has ruptured and caused other damage."

Most brain aneurysms only cause noticeable symptoms if they burst, according to the NHS website.

This leads to an extremely serious condition known as a subarachnoid haemorrhage, where bleeding caused by the ruptured aneurysm can cause extensive brain damage and symptoms.

"The doctors made multiple scans and eventually found out that I have a brain aneurysm." he continued.

"The hit I got in the game has absolutely nothing to do with the existing brain aneurysm - this has been there for a long period but I didn't have any symptoms so we didn't know it was there.

Van Wolfswinkel went on to thank the staff at FC Basel, as well as the University Hospital, for their help.

"It's just clear that it won't be for at least six months," he said. "The returning date will of course depend on the reaction of the brain aneurysm after treatment.

"I want to say thank you to the Basel medical department and the doctors of the university hospital in Basel.

"For now I will focus on my health and recovery to be able to do what I love most as soon as possible and that's play football."

We wish Ricky a speedy recovery as he undergoes treatment.

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