Abbas: Repaying the faith

Sydney FC fan favourite Ali Abbas says he wants to repay everyone at the Sky Blues that helped him during his long recovery from the ACL injury that threatened his footballing career.

Abbas was out of the game for close to 400 days and memorably scored in his comeback game against the Newcastle Jets three weeks ago.

After creating headlines and filling many column inches since his return, the 29 year old has been cautiously making his way back to full fitness.

In his three games so far he played a total of 45 minutes, as Sydney FC head coach Graham Arnold has mostly been using the Iraqi midfielder as a substitute late in the game.

But Abbas wants to deliver more performances like the Newcastle game and has a determination to reward everyone at the Sky Blues who assisted him during his lengthy layoff.

“I couldn’t believe that they did so much for me,” he said.

“They supported me for so long I couldn’t thank them enough. It’s time for me to pay them back.

“The support I got from the team, the coaching and the medical staff and everyone involved at Sydney FC, the Board, everybody there - they did a tremendous job.

“So I am happy to be where I am today and hopefully I can continue to make them happy.”

One of the hardest thing for Abbas while he was injured was missing out on sharing those moments on the field with his teammates.

While Sydney was battling with Melbourne Victory for the Premier Plate and fighting it out against their City rivals in the Grand Final, Abbas was fighting to get to fit again.

Abbas said that watching Sydney FC play while he was on the sidelines was an emotional strain but now that he has recovered from his injury the 10-time Iraqi international hopes that he can assist the Sky Blues to go one step further this season.

“It was very hard mentally to watch the team have that kind of success,” he said.

“But I was so happy because we have a good squad, we made the final but we came second. But I was a little bit disappointed for the team.

“As for myself I wasn’t happy because I wasn’t there to help my teammates as I had that big injury. Now I’m really happy to be back with the team and hopefully they can do it again and hopefully this time we will win the trophy.”