Former Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm which will keep him out of action for the next six months.
He is currently undergoing treatment for the condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel undergoing treatment for brain aneurysm
The aneurysm was discovered after van Wolfswinkel underwent scans following a concussion he suffered during Basel’s Champions League game against LASK.
However, the striker confirmed that the aneurysm was not caused by the incident during the game. He also admitted that most brain aneurysms are discovered after they have caused significant damage and that he’s very lucky to have caught it warly.
“I’m very grateful the brain aneurysm got discovered. Normally a brain aneurysm is not discovered in time. Only after it has ruptured and caused other damage. The doctors made multiple scans and eventually found out that I have a brain aneurysm.
“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. I didn’t have any symptoms so we didn’t know it was there.”
No significant damage, but will remain on the sidelines for at least six months
While the aneurysm did not cause any significant damage, Wolfswinkel is still expected to be out for at least six months as he continues his treatment.
The Dutchman spent three seasons with Norwich, scoring on his league debut after joining the Canaries from Sporting.
He was unable to help them stave off relegation though. He made 28 appearances for the club in total and after loan spells at Saint Etienne and Real Betis, returned to his boyhood club Vitesse in 2016.
He is now plying his trade for Swiss side FC Basel, although it remains to be seen what the future holds for the 30-year-old striker.