x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Matar seeks match fitness and consistency this UAE season

The Al Wahda striker is back from Germany and answers a few questions.

Ismail Matar, the influential Al Wahda forward, is making steady progress after returning from Germany after a month's layoff with a knee injury. He played for 10 minutes in the season-opening Super Cup and scored from the spot kick.

He also played the first half in the club's opening Etisalat Cup match last weekend against Al Ain.

How are you progressing after the treatment?

Initially I thought I had to undergo surgery but after consulting a specialist in Germany they put me on a month-long medication and my knee didn't have to go under the scalpel. So it didn't take much time for me to get back in time for the new season. I am feeling really good. Just need to get back to match fitness.

Do you think you can play 90 minutes against Al Jazira tomorrow?

I think I can play one hour. Of course it all depends on what the coach will decide.

The club has made a good start, winning the Super Cup and the first game in the Etisalat Cup. What's your take on that?

It is always good to start by winning a trophy. It gives a lot of confidence to the players and a lot of satisfaction to our fans. Now that we have got off to a good start, we need to maintain consistency throughout the season to be successful.

What are your thoughts on the season ahead?

It is a fresh start and all the clubs have prepared well with some very good foreign signings. The domestic competition is getting stronger and better, which is not unusual.