Nawaf Al-Abed on the road to recovery for Saudi Arabia and Al-Hilal

Nawaf Al-Abed has played more than 100 times for Al-Hilal. (@Alhilal_EN)
Updated 12 February 2018

Nawaf Al-Abed on the road to recovery for Saudi Arabia and Al-Hilal

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup preparations have been given a boost following the news that Nawaf Al-Abed has returned to the Kingdom to step up his recovery following surgery.

Al-Abed had been struggling for some time with a groin problem before he was forced off after just 14 minutes of the Saudi Professional League game with Ettifaq on Jan. 8. He was sent to France for treatment and underwent surgery at the hands of Dr. Gilles Reboul on Jan. 17. The trip and the surgery was paid for by the General Sports Authority, which is a sign of his importance to the national team.

Al-Abed, 28, has been continuing his post-op rehabilitation in France but has now returned to Riyadh to continue his recovery. He was on the sidelines at the King Saud University Stadium on Sunday watching the team prepare for the AFC Champions League tie with Al-Ain on Tuesday.

“Nawaf Al-Abid arrived yesterday in Riyadh coming from France after completing the first stage of his recovery and rehab process,” read a club tweet.

The news will be welcomed by Al-Hilal coach Ramon Diaz and national team boss Juan Antonio Pizzi. Diaz will need the playmaker to help his side have a real crack at the Asian Champions League while Pizzi is certain to name Al-Abed in his World Cup squad and possibly even in his starting XI.

Al-Abed has made 36 appearances for Saudi Arabia, scoring seven, including four in World Cup qualifying.


Luis Suarez suspected of cheating on Italian exam

Updated 22 September 2020

Luis Suarez suspected of cheating on Italian exam

  • The Italian exam was a first step required in order to receive a passport ahead of a possible transfer to Juventus
  • Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said a proposed deal for Suarez was unlikely to go ahead because of delays in the Uruguayan’s bid to get an Italian passport

ROME: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is suspected of cheating to pass his Italian language test with the help of his teachers, the Perugia prosecutor’s department in charge of the investigation said on Tuesday.
The Italian exam was a first step required in order to receive a passport ahead of a possible transfer to Juventus.
“The investigation showed that the subjects discussed during the exam were agreed beforehand with the candidate and that the grade was awarded to him even before the test,” the prosecutor’s department said in a statement.
Local prosecutor Raffaele Cantone, a former head of Italy’s National Anti-Corruption Authority, had been carrying out an investigation since February into University for Foreigners officials over various irregularities. Suspicions over Suarez were aroused by an overheard conversation.
“But what do you think, that we’re going to fail him? Today I have the last lesson (with Suarez) and I have to prepare it because he barely speaks a word” of Italian, Stefania Spina, one of the people targeted by the investigation, is claimed to have said according to prosecution documents cited by Italian media.
Asked by a colleague what level Suarez “should pass” in Italian, Spina reportedly replied: “He should not, he must, he will pass, because with a salary of 10 million (euros) per season, you can’t make him fail” his exam, “even if he doesn’t know how to conjugate verbs and speak in the infinitive.”
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said last week a proposed deal for Suarez was unlikely to go ahead because of delays in the Uruguayan’s bid to get an Italian passport.
The Italian champions cannot recruit Suarez otherwise because they have already reached their quota for non-EU players.