The full-back made an emotional return to football after suffering from a freak fireworks accident
Galatasary star Omar Elabdellaoui made an emotional return to professional football after finally recovering from a traumatic experience.
The defender was blinded by fireworks in a freak accident on New Years Eve in 2020, with early reports suggesting his career was over.
However, after numerous operations, the right-back beat the odds and featured in Galatasarys 3-2 win over Goztepe.
Elabdellaoui said to BeIN Sports: “I would like to thank my family, my manager, my children and Fatih Terim for helping me.
“I went through a difficult process. It was a difficult injury. I struggled a lot. Im back on the field and doing what I love most. Its my dream come true for the second time. It felt like I started football for the second time.”
Elabdellaoui suffered burns to his face and eyes which resulted in a loss of sight, though he miraculously won it back after 11 operations.
Naturally the process was incredibly long but thanks to treatment in the USA, the Norwegian is now back on the field.
The fireworks that unexpectedly blew up in his face did so prematurely, meaning he was unable to protect himself.
Although he now needs special glasses to protect his eyes, Elabdellaoui has been cleared to play football again.