OKAN UDO – BeIiktaI win over Trabzon in Konya becomes pyrrhic

BeIiktaI win over Trabzon in Konya becomes pyrrhicSome victories in football come without cost, but that of BeIiktaI over Trabzonspor in week 12 of the Spor Toto Super League in Konya on Sunday was indeed pyrrhic. The Black Eagles won 3-0 to retain their slim lead but lost two strikers to injury.

Turkey forward Mustafa Pektemek collided with Trabzonsporandrsquos Algeria defender Essaid Belkalem during an aerial battle in the 67th minute and was rushed to the emergency room of Necmettin Erbakan Teaching Hospital in Konya, where he was diagnosed with a broken nose and a fractured right cheekbone.Senegal star striker Demba Ba suffered a toe injury on his right foot towards the end of the first half and was replaced in the second.

andldquoThe player [Ba] tested himself during the interval and said he would not be able to continue,andrdquo club doctor ErtuIrul KaranlIk said. andldquoWe suspect a toe fracture, and if that is the case, he could be sidelined for two or three weeks,andrdquo he noted.

Mustafaandrsquos case was more serious. It was decided at Necmettin Erbakan Teaching Hospital that he be transferred to Istanbulandrsquos AcIbadem Maslak Hospital, where he underwent two surgeries on Monday.

Doctors Hasan Tanyeri and Iukru Yazar, who operated on Mustafa for four hours, said the surgeries were successful. andldquoThere were pieces of broken bone in our patientandrsquos nose, and we removed them all,andrdquo said Tanyeri.

andldquoWe inserted titanium plates to support the cheekbone,andrdquo said Yazar, a plastic surgeon.Football is a very physical game, and injuries, more often than not, are inescapable.

But Mustafa has been exceptionally unlucky. The 26-year-old striker joined GenlerbirliIi from SarIyer in the 2007-08 season.

After breaking his leg at the start of the 2010andndash11 season, Mustafa scored on his first game back from injury for GenlerbirliIi six months laterBeIiktaI acquired Mustafa from GenlerbirliIi for 4 million euros on May 27, 2011. During the first Istanbul derby match against rival Galatasaray in the second week of the 2012-13 season, Mustafa suffered a knee injury and was sidelined for almost the rest of the season.

The injuries to Ba could not have come at a worse time for BeIiktaI. The Black Eagles will host English Premier League powerhouse Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Europa League Group C finale on Thursday and need a victory at all costs to finish as leader and be pitted against weaker opposition in the next round.

BeIiktaI is second with nine points from five games, trailing the Spurs by two.The absence of these two strikers, Ba in particular, will mean a lot for Slaven Bilic and his Black Eagles.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman