SINGAPORE, 2021, DECEMBER 13 – Singapore Men’s National Team player Gabriel Quak will undergo surgery to resolve a shoulder issue, following consultation with Head Coach Tatsuma Yoshida, the medical staff and specialist advice.
The 30-year-old forward sustained a dislocation in his left shoulder during the training match against Morocco A’ in Dubai on 16 November. While he recovered sufficiently for the current ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2020 campaign, Gabriel suffered a recurrence of the injury during the Lions’ 2-1 win over the Philippines on 8 December and had to be substituted on the hour mark.
Gabriel will undergo arthroscopic and labral repair surgery later this week, which rules him out for the remainder of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 tournament. He is expected to remain with the team after surgery to commence rehabilitation.
“Gabriel is an important member of the team, both on and off the pitch and it is unfortunate that he will not be able to play in the tournament anymore,” Tatsuma said. “He has been a complete professional in his attitude and spirit and has done everything possible to contribute to us up to this stage. I wish him all the best with his recovery, and the team and I know he will only come back from this stronger.”
“This was a difficult decision to make but I always want to give my hundred per cent when I play for Singapore and unfortunately, this injury means it is not possible,” Gabriel said. “This team has all the qualities to continue achieving results and I am glad to have contributed what I could. I am very grateful for all the well-wishes I have received and of course, I wish the team the very best and I will cheer them on from the sidelines.”
Everyone at the FAS wishes Gabriel a speedy recovery and successful rehabilitation.
Source: Football Association of Singapore