Injured Al Wakrah defender confident his side can beat the drop
Al Wakrah defender Hamood Al Yazidi is set for sixth months on the sidelines, after suffering a tear to his cruciate ligament in his sides 2-0 defeat to Al Ahli in round 16 of the QSL season. Ahead of his surgery at the end of the month, Al Yazidi spoke to QSL online in an exclusive interview.
Al Yazidi opened up the conversation on a positive note, despite being ruled out for the remainder of the Blue Waves season. “Thank God for everything and I am satisfied with the will of God. I am well aware that injury is an integral part of football. I am now preparing for the surgery and rehabilitation and getting back to full fitness.”
The player went on to explain in detail to injury as it happened, reflecting. “When I fell to the grass, I felt a tear and severe pain, I knew it was my cruciate. At the time my teammates and the technical staff thought it was a minor injury. The injury was confirmed following the MRI and X-rays on the right knee.”
He added: “My heart is with Al Wakrah now. I would have loved to be there to aid them in the fight to avoid relegation this season. The team has been in this position before and has overcome the odds, I am confident we will beat the drop this season.”
Al Yazidi was also quick to talk up his team-mates ahead of their crunch game against current league leaders Lekhwiya on Sunday evening. “Al Wakrah will come back fighting in round 17. I have huge faith in the management and player to pick up the necessary points to get out of trouble. I know the task ahead is tough, but we are in touching distance from safety. We all know a sting of results can turn our season around.”
Al Yazidi ended the interview noting that Wakrah have the potential to repeat their 1-1 draw with Lekhwiya in the first half of the season. “Facing Lekhwiya is a challenge, but we did well against them in the first half of the season, and that will be our aim going into the match. We are a different side now with new professionals in Youssoupha Mbengue and Prince Ibara in attack, you never know we could cause an upset.”