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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

Al Wahda forward Ahmed Al Akbari to undergo 'urgent surgery' in Germany following car crash in Abu Dhabi

Car Al Akbari was travelling in suffered a tyre blowout on Thursday morning and was reported to have flipped several times resulting in the player suffering fractures to his ribs and back

Al Wahda player Ahmed Al Akbari was flown to Germany on Tuesday for surgery on his injuries sustained in a car crash. Courtesy Al Wahda
Al Wahda player Ahmed Al Akbari was flown to Germany on Tuesday for surgery on his injuries sustained in a car crash. Courtesy Al Wahda

Ahmed Al Akbari was flown to Germany on Tuesday to undergo urgent surgery after the young Al Wahda forward suffered serious injuries in a road accident last week.

The car Al Akbari was travelling in suffered a tyre blowout on Thursday morning and was reported to have flipped several times resulting in the player suffering fractures to his ribs and back.

The 21 year old, a member of the UAE Olympic team, was treated at Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi following the incident. Family members described his condition as stable in intensive care.

“Under direction from Sheikh Theyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of Al Wahda, Ahmed Al Akbari and his family will travel to a hospital abroad to receive the needed medication,” the club said in a statement on Twitter on Sunday.

“The recent tests shows that Ahmed Al Akbari has fractured his back and he needs an urgent surgery to avoid any aggravation. #BeStrongAkbari”

Given the severity of the injuries it is unlikely Al Akbari will play again this season and even if the surgery is successful may put his playing career in jeopardy.

Several teammates expressed their thoughts and well wishes for their stricken teammate when contacted by The National and wished him a speedy recovery.

Al Akbari had established himself as a first-team regular for Al Wahda this season, scoring once in six appearances for the Arabian Gulf League side.

Al Wahda suffered a shock 4-2 defeat at home to struggling Al Dhafra on Saturday.

Al Akbari's brother, Mohamed, was on target in Al Nasr's 3-1 victory over Al Wasl on Friday. Former Manchester City and Spain striker Alvaro Negredo, who scored the third of Nasr's goals, dedicated his strike to his teammate after the match, tweeting: "This great win is for you #AlAkbari and your family!!! All the strength for you!"

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