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Days after being brought out of a coma, Mauricio Soler is showing signs of "serious cognitive deficits" while he is being treated for his injuries in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
The Associated Press reports that the Movistar rider can follow simple commands and move all four limbs but isn't able to speak, according to hospital spokesman Philipp Lutz.
Lutz said via email on Thursday that Soler is also having trouble swallowing and will require intensive neurological rehabilitation. He says Soler's condition is stable enough to move him to hospital in Pamplona, Spain, soon.
Soler fractured his skull in the crash, and earlier this week Movistar doctor Alfredo Zúñiga said on the team's website that:
"The lung problems are completely under control and he doesn't need artificial respiration, he breathes by himself. The rest of his injuries are also going through a positive progress. It's going to be a long, slow process yet, so some weeks can go by with no major news."