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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 April 2019

Al Jazira's Ahmed Rabia to return from head injury in five to six weeks

Midfielder receives hospital visit from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid after crashing into lightpost during friendly beach football game

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, visits Ahmed Rabia in hospital following his head injury. WAM
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, visits Ahmed Rabia in hospital following his head injury. WAM

Ahmed Rabia, the Al Jazira midfielder recovering from a head injury he suffered during a friendly beach football match, will be back to training in five to six weeks, according to team manager Ahmed Saeed.

Rabia suffered a head injury when he crashed against a lightpost close to the touchline in a friendly beach football match against Emirates Club at the Football Federation’s pitch at Al Khawaneej in Dubai on Thursday.

“From the team medical doctor’s report, the injury isn’t as serious as we thought before the scans. Ahmed is recovering well and his condition is improving day-by-day,” Saeed told The National on Monday.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, paid a visit to the player at hospital on Sunday, and has instructed the General Authority of Sports to ensure safety standards across UAE sport facilities.

Saeed added: “We are very thankful for His Highness’ visit to the hospital and his concern on the plater’s health. Obviously Ahmed was surprised and feeling very happy.”

Attacking midfielder Rabia made his debut in the Jazira first team in the 2012-2013 season and has been a regular since then. He represented the UAE age group teams in both U19 and U23.

Updated: March 25, 2019 01:35 PM

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