A Bad Injury

On a TV newscast, I just watched the scene from Saturday's Bundesliga game between Hamburger SV and FC Bayern München where Ali Karimi's ankle was badly injured. The game was being played on a muddy field in a snow storm. The injury scene seems quite gruesome, and it is difficult to say how quickly Karimi can recover. Reuters reports he will have to wear a cast for a couple of weeks.

Only a few days earlier, Karimi had assisted the Iran team in the first half of its game with Costa Rica in Tehran, in a wonderful play filled with his technique, demonstrated most specially in the goal he scored early in the game. (He was abscent in the second half.)

Karimi is a relatively young player, starting with small plastic balls on dusty allies, and moving up through the local teams and as an international on UAE club circuit, before moving to Bayern. Many (including my children) have been following his inspiring career.

The injury is a real pity because Karimi was about to join Bayern for its game with AC Milan next week. This should have been a golden moment in his career but has turned into a silent one due to his injury.

In the same game, 60 seconds before closure in a 1-1 tie, Karimi's compatriot Mehdi Mahdavikia swung in a free-kick from the right to set up De Jong for a decisive goal, which edged Hamburg over Munich.

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