Omar to return for training within a week

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Omar to return for training within a week

With the UAE set to defend their Gulf Cup title in a fortnight, Omar’s presence will be vital.

By James Jose (senior Reporter)

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Published: Wed 22 Oct 2014, 12:29 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:31 PM

Omar Abdulrahman. AFP file photo

Omar Abdulrahman. AFP file photo

Al Ain: In what will be good news to UAE coach Mahdi Ali’s ears, international and Al Ain midfielder Omar Abdulrahman is set to return to training within a week. But Omar might miss the trip to Dubai for the mouth-watering fixture against defending Arabian Gulf League champions Al Ahli, next Monday. But Al Ain’s ace marksman Asamoah Gyan, who will miss the League game against Emirates on Wednesday night, will be racing against time to be fit for that game.

With the UAE set to defend their Gulf Cup title in a fortnight, Omar’s presence will be vital. Ismail Matar, Walid Abbas and Majed Hassan are the others recovering from injuries. The Gulf Cup will be held in Saudi Arabia from November 13 to 26 with the UAE taking on Oman in their Group B opener on November 14.

The Whites are set to hold a camp from October 29 where they will also play two friendlies. Omar, his brother Khaled and Hamad Raqea had travelled to Spain for treatment for their injuries. The three returned to Al Ain on Monday after undergoing treatment under knee surgeon Ramon Cugati at Quiro Hospital, Barcelona.

Omar had injured his knee during the AFC Champions League semifinal return fixture against Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal. He missed Al Ain’s Arabian Gulf League game against Al Jazira and the Arabian Gulf Cup match against Ittihad Kalba. The playmaker was also ruled out of UAE twin international friendlies against Australia and Uzbekistan.

Al Ain first team doctor Boban Dangubic said that Omar had suffered a stretched knee ligament and added that he had recovered. Dangubic said that Omar will begin training within a week. “I’ve received the report from Dr. Cugati on Omar’s condition. It is good news that that he can play in the coming period,” Dangubic said.

Meanwhile, Gyan, who only returned from Ghana’s African Cup of Nations qualifier and injured himself after he came on in the second half against Al Dhafrah last Friday, underwent a radiation test at the Al Ain Hospital.

An intensive two-shift treatment programme has been designed for Gyan to be fit before the scheduled League break. “We will be racing against time to have Gyan back before the break starts. We are hoping that he will respond well to the treatment and recover soon,” the Croatian said.

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