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Nabi out for six weeks

Calcutta: Mohun Bagan’s Syed Rahim Nabi is out for one-and-half months.

On Monday morning, Nabi, who was hit by a brick hurled from the stands on Sunday during Mohun Bagan’s Derby clash against East Bengal, underwent a surgery for two fractures between the right ear and jaw.

Neurosurgeon S. N. Sinha, who operated on Nabi, along with Dr Rajarshi Banerjee, said that the midfielder can start training after six weeks.

“The operation was successful. He is doing well... We will be keeping him under observation for a day. We will discharge him in five-six days. He can start training after six weeks,” said Sinha.

There was a stream of visitors at the hospital, from Monday morning. Tolgay Ozebe, Karim Bencharifa and Dipendu Biswas were there. So were Sushant Mathew and Ishfaq Ahmed from East Bengal. A host of officials from both the clubs and Syed Nayeemuddin also dropped in.

East Bengal’s Mehtab Hussain, a close friend of Nabi, did not come to the hospital as the Bagan midfielder’s wife Soma did not want Mehtab there.

“She feared my presence could trigger more chaos as many Bagan fans had gathered in front of the hospital,” Mehtab said on Monday evening.

Mehtab and Saumik Dey had clapped after Okolie Odafe was shown the red card on Sunday. That infuriated the Bagan supporters who started hurling bricks, one of which hit Nabi.

A repentant Mehtab apologised for his action. “We did it on the spur of the moment. I didn’t intend to humiliate anybody… If my action has hurt someone, I’m really sorry,” Mehtab, who might be visiting the hospital on Tuesday, said.

Mehtab, though, condemned the crowd’s unruly behaviour. “It was an unfortunate incident… And I’m not saying this because one of my closest friends got injured. It might have happened to anyone.”