Worcester City will be without defender Shabir Khan for the rest of the season as he recovers from ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) knee surgery.
The 24 year old, who has come through the club’s youth system, has not played a game since August after the injury occurred while playing football. Worcester-born Shabir made his debut for City six years ago and is a senior Pakistan international.
The ACL reconstruction was carried out by Mr Nadim Aslam, Consultant Sports Knee Surgeon at the Bone & Joint Clinic, Spire South Bank Hospital in Worcester. Mr Aslam said, “Shabir had a complete ACL injury with associated cartilage damage which was repaired. He will now need an intensive rehabilitation programme. I was very pleased with the initial result of the surgery. We expect Shabir to make a good recovery. He is out for the season, but we are optimistic about his future. Our specialist sports physiotherapy team will aim to get him ready for pre-season training”.
To a complete athlete the term ‘ACL’ might represent a significant knee injury that can cause heartache and disrupt a promising career. It is a critical injury as the ligament provides so much stability to the knee. It is deeply imbedded in the knee joint and connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone). This ligament prevents the knee from moving too far forward and back and helps absorb many of the rotational forces the knee encounters. When it is damaged, the athlete will feel a sense of instability with activities of every day life as well as athletic activity.
Rehabilitation of the ACL reconstruction is critical and it starts in the recovery room immediately after surgery. As time progresses, Shabir will spend a great deal of time in rehab under the watchful eyes of a specialist sports injury physiotherapist team based at Spire South Bank Hospital’s specialist Bone and Joint clinic. He will regain his flexibility, strength and fitness and ultimately will be back playing football in the new season.
Mr Nadim Aslam with Shabir Khan at the Bone & Joint Clinic, Spire South Bank Hospital
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