Worcester's Fatialofa recovering after spinal surgery

Michael Fatialofa (PA)
Michael Fatialofa (PA)

London - Worcester Warriors lock Michael Fatialofa is "making good progress" as the New Zealander recovers from spinal surgery, according to his English Premiership club on Thursday.

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Fatialofa suffered a serious neck injury in Worcester's 62-5 defeat at Saracens on January 4.

The 27-year-old has been taken from the intensive care unit to the major trauma unit at St Mary's Hospital in London.

"Michael has been diagnosed with a spinal contusion, a serious condition which causes compression on the spine. He has undergone surgery to relieve the pressure on his spinal cord caused by bruising and swelling," read a Worcester statement.

"Michael's condition remains serious but he is making good progress and he is showing encouraging signs of improvement.

"The hope is that Michael will soon be transferred to the internationally-acclaimed spinal injuries unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire to continue his rehabilitation."

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