Player struck by lightning has leg amputated

COPENHAGEN - Danish footballer Jonathan Richter has had the lower part of his left leg amputated after he was struck by lightning during a match six weeks ago.

The family of the 24-year-old midfielder from FC Nordsjaelland said in a statement on Tuesday that his condition was improving and he would soon be moved from the intensive care unit of a Copenhagen hospital.

Richter was struck during a friendly against FC Hvidovre on July 20 and was in an induced coma for 10 days.