Posted on May 27, 2018

Three Ipswich Town F.C. midfielders, English nationals Tom Adeyemi and Andre Dozzell, along with their Welsh teammate Emyr Huws, who’ve all been absent due to injury for lengthy periods during the recently concluded English football season, have taken part in a rehabilitation programme at Aspetar, Qatar’s world-renowned orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital.

Adeyemi has been ruled out since last October due to a hamstring injury, and has worked during his rehabilitation with some of Aspetar’s renowned hamstring injury experts.

Meanwhile Dozzell, who was part of the England team that won the UEFA European U-19 Championship last year, suffered a torn cruciate ligament, an injury the young star picked up last August. Thanks to the progress the player has made, he is expected to make full-recovery in time for next year’s pre-season. Huws, who is also scheduled to return to action next year, suffered from a longstanding knee injury that hampered most of his season. The player is still being treated at Aspetar, but is set to return to England in a few weeks.

Speaking about his successful rehab at Aspetar, Adeyemi said: “It’s been an amazing experience for me [at Aspetar]. In terms of the facilities they have on offer, it is the best treatment centre I have ever been to anywhere in the world. When I arrived four weeks ago, I was really struggling with my injury. The work I’ve been able to do and the help I received has been fantastic. I’m now fully confident in my ability to make a full recovery from this injury. I have also been given tools that will help me sustain this progress long-term so I am really pleased with how it all went.”

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Commenting on England’s chances at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, Adeyemi added: “I am hopeful that England is going to do well. I think it is difficult because they might be in a bit of a transition stage at the moment because of their young squad. I’m a little surprised that Jack Wilshere  is not in the squad. [In my opinion] Technically, he is probably the best English midfielder. But obviously, the manager chose to go down a different route and that’s up to him. Hopefully they are going to do well.” Meanwhile his fellow English national teammate, Andre Dozzell, was more optimistic. He said: “We’ve got a lot of talent coming through to our first team national squad. Our national youth teams won the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, and the UEFA European U-19 Championship, so the future is going to be good.”

Commenting on his treatment at Aspetar, Dozzell added: “I’ve been here for nearly two weeks and I have seen lots of improvement. A change of scenery has supported my rehabilitation and has built upon what I have already achieved. Aspetar has been the right place for my next stage of rehabilitation because there is a lot of world-class equipment and it’ll hopefully help prepare me for next year’s pre-season training and fixtures.”

Huws also hailed Aspetar’s facilities, commenting: “I really enjoyed it here [at Aspetar]. I spoke to my two teammates who have visited before and they spoke very highly of the place, so I was keen to get here as soon as possible. I’ve progressed well, so I’m really glad I came. I advise other athletes who have injuries to come here. The quality of staff is really good and the facilities are second to none. It’s very difficult to get everything under one roof [in terms of services offered] and I don’t know of any other facility that has that like Aspetar does.”

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He continued: “My objective now is getting my knee strong and becoming fully fit to play as many games as I can next season, and play good consistent football to challenge for the play-offs, and then I hope to play for the Wales national team again, when I’m back to full fitness.” Speaking about who he thinks are the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ favourites, Huws said: “I’d go for Brazil, if Neymar’s fit.” Meanwhile, speaking about the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, Huws added: “The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ will be good, it’ll be different because it’ll be held November. But the weather surprised me. I thought it would be a lot hotter. So I think by November time the weather will be good. Hopefully Wales will advanced to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, and I’ll be there.”

Aspetar boasts one of the most advanced medical departments in the region, which is integral to the hospital’s multidisciplinary approach to athlete management. Aspetar’s method focuses on assessment and treatment of injured athletes by implementing personalised injury treatment programmes, including the hamstring protocol. Utilising an evidence-based model, Aspetar’s experienced practitioners aim to return patients to their pre-injury lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible and has a proven track record of treating regional and international athletes.

In 2009, Aspetar became the first hospital in the Middle East to be accredited by the FIFA Medical and Research Centre (F-MARC) as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence. Currently, there are only 41 FIFA-accredited medical centres worldwide. Aspetar has provided medical support to elite local, regional and international athletes across various sports, including some of the players and teams participating in this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.