Football: ATM defender insists he didn’t hurt LionsXII striker on purpose

Football: ATM defender insists he didn’t hurt LionsXII striker on purpose

Amiridzwan Taj Tajuddin has become public enemy No. 1 for the LionsXII fans.

The ATM FA defender's shocking kick flush on the face of Singapore international Fazrul Nawaz late in the Malaysia Cup quarter-final, second-leg match in Selayang on Oct 4, when the LionsXII lost 4-1, left the striker with a shocking head injury.

The 28-year-old suffered fractures to the front of his skull and cheekbone, and is scheduled for surgery on Thursday to insert a titanium mesh in his forehead and cheek.

Fazrul's professional career is in jeopardy. Doctors will assess how the injuries heal about three months after the operation, before making a recommendation on his playing future.

In the best-case scenario, the hardworking forward can continue playing, but with a protective headgear, similar to the one Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech uses, for the rest of his career.

Speaking to The New Paper yesterday, Amiridzwan said: "I am very sorry about Fazrul's injury.

"I was going for the ball and I really didn't mean to injure him. "I hope he recovers soon and I am planning to visit him at the end of next week - after this international week and the first leg of ATM's Malaysia Cup semifinal against Kelantan."

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