Former Manchester City defender Omar Elabdellaoui in hospital after fireworks accident

Galatasaray defender Omar Elabdellaoui was rushed to hospital with burns to his face following a fireworks accident on New Year’s Eve.

The former Manchester City player was partying at his home before the fireworks exploded in his hand.

The player was rushed to hospital and treated for burns to his face, although the extent of his injuries is not yet known.

Club vice-president Adurrahim Albayrak, boss Fatih Terim and captain Arda Turan all visited the player in hospital and he is said to be doing well and being treated by medical specialists.

Galatasaray issued a statement confirming the injuries, saying: “Our player Omar Elabdellaoui was taken to Liv hospital tonight. Sadly, he was injured in an incident at home. At the hospital, he received first aid.

“The severity of his injuries will be announced at a later date. We hope our important player will return to good health as soon as possible. ”

Albayrak also released a statement regarding the player’s condition, via Daily Mail, saying the club will help him recover to 100%.

“Omar’s eyes will be washed, groomed, and his situation will not be clearer until after. The club will do their best to heal the player completely. ”

Ryan Kent, Omar Elabdellaoui
Elabdellaoui signed for Galatasaray last summer | Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

Elabdellaoui played for Manchester City between 2011 and 2013 but never made a first-team appearance for the club, before making a career at Olympiacos.

He joined Galatasaray last summer on a free transfer after six years with the Greece team and has made four appearances for his new team this season.

The defender is also a full-fledged international for Norway and has won 47 caps for the national team. He was among the teams that have beaten Northern Ireland twice in 2020.