Galatasaray defender, Omar Elabdellaoui, rushed to hospital on New Year Eve as a firework blew up in his hands, causing serious injuries to his face and hands.
According to doctors, the 29-year-old has been making good progress. In a statement, Prof. Dr.
“So far, everything is in a positive way. There is a certain improvement in vision, especially in the left eye. There is also a great recovery in the right eye.”
previously casted doubt over
long term prognosis, he had said previously:
"There are injuries in both eyes.
“His current situation is better than yesterday. He has the ability to see, but how will his condition be in the future? It is difficult to say anything now.”
Galatasaray did their best to quell fears over the player’s condition and stressed that there was no threat to his life right after the incident.
"Omar Elabdellaoui is in good health,”
a statement from club president
“It is still early to talk [about his long-term health], but he is getting better. The hope should never be lost. I think that we have to wait one or two weeks.”
has made seven appearances for the Turkish side this season. The Norway international spent 6 years at the Greek club, making over 100 appearances.
started his career in
, where he failed to make a single appearance for the club as his spell with the Citizens was mostly on loan at
He made a permanent move to
in 2013, and after a season at Germany, he joined
The Norwegian also spent a short loan spell back in the Premier League with Hull City in 2017, making nine appearances in all competitions.