Ex-Man City defender Omar Elabdellaoui makes football return a year after being left blind

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Former Man City defender Omar Elabdellaoui makes sensational return to football more than a year after being left clinically blind in one eye

  • Omar Elabdellaoui made a sensational return to football on Monday evening 
  • Ex-Man City man was left clinically blind in one eye after 2020 New Year party 
  • Elabdellaoui played 90 minutes of Galatasaray’s win over Goztepe yesterday 


 Former Manchester City and Hull City defender Omar Elabdellaoui made a sensational return to football this week, as he played all 90 minutes of Galatasaray’s Super Lig win.

The 30-year-old defender, who played with Harry Maguire and Andy Robertson during his time at Hull, was left clinically blind in one eye when a firework exploded in his face during a New Years Eve party back in 2020.

Over year and 11 surgeries later, the Norwegian full-back completed a remarkable recovery and returned to footballing action on Monday evening.

Omar Eladbellaoui made a sensational return to football after being left blind in one eye

Omar Eladbellaoui made a sensational return to football after being left blind in one eye

Former Man City defender suffered injury as a result of a firework going off at a New Year party

Former Man City defender suffered injury as a result of a firework going off at a New Year party

In a recent interview with the Guardian, Elabdellaoui opened up on the struggles he faced when the incident first occurred.

‘I just thought I had something in my eye and had to clear it out but then I felt my face totally burning and everything was black. 

‘Because of all the gunpowder my face was burned. I think it was difficult for them to say how bad it was straight away. In one moment I grabbed the doctor to say: ‘Just tell me the truth, tell me how bad it is.’

The Norwegian defender spent a large amount of his recovery time in America, where doctors told him he had a 5-10% chance of regaining his sight – let alone return to a football pitch.

Omar Elabdellaoui is pictured challenging for a header on his return game for Galatasaray

Omar Elabdellaoui is pictured challenging for a header on his return game for Galatasaray

The 30-year-old defied belief by making his comeback on Monday evening as Galatasaray picked up their first win of 2022 away to Goztepe. 

Elabdellaoui told beIN SPORTS after the game: ‘I went through a difficult process. It was a difficult injury. I struggled a lot.

‘I’m back on the field and doing what I love most. It’s my dream come true for the second time. It felt like I started football for the second time.’

Elabdellaoui's next opportunity to play will be against Rizespor on Sunday in the Super Lig

Elabdellaoui’s next opportunity to play will be against Rizespor on Sunday in the Super Lig

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