Al Ain players visit injured goalkeeper

Players and staff from the Al Ain club late last night visited the goalkeeper Yousuf Abdulrahman at Rashid Hospital in Dubai after their 3-0 victory over Al Nasr. Abdulrahman was seriously injured in an automobile accident on Thursday night.

Abdulrahman, Al Ain's No 1 keeper and a member of the UAE national team, suffered a broken jaw, two broken cheekbones and broken collarbone in the accident, which occurred as he was driving from his home in Kalba to an Al Ain training session.

Leading the delegation were Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Khaled Al Nahyan, the honorary president of the UAE handball association; Mohammed Khalfan al Rumaithi, president of the UAE Football Association; and Dr Khaled Mohammed Abdullah, chief executive of the Al Ain club.

"Yousuf Abdulrahman is our brother and he is a distinctive player and we wish him a quick recovery," said Abdulhameed al Mishtiki, the Al Ain coach.

Added Waleed Salem, an Al Ain goalkeeper: "He is one of the best goalkeepers in the UAE and his absence will effect the Al Ain team performance."

Abdulrahman had surgery and was expected to remain in the intensive care unit Friday night.