Gabriel Quak’s Suzuki Cup journey with Singapore comes to a premature end due to injury
The 30-year-old announced earlier today on his social media platforms that he would no longer be participating in the regional tournament due to an injury he picked up during the Lions’ friendly against Morocco on November 16.
In that match, Quak suffered a complete labral tear to his shoulder, which is as painful and serious an injury as it sounds. He was advised by a doctor to undergo surgery, but through sheer force of will and intense rehabilitative work, Quak managed to work his way back into the Lions’ squad.
Unfortunately for the Lion City Sailors star, he suffered a recurrence of his injury in Singapore’s 2-1 win over the Philippines last Wednesday evening, when his left shoulder popped out of its socket after a challenge.
That proved to be a bridge too far even for the 2020 Singapore Premier League (SPL) Player of the Year, who has recorded 32 goals and 22 assists over the past three seasons.
“The past couple of days for myself has been mentally challenging. Really touched & overwhelmed by all the messages of concern but I’m sad to say the tournament is over for me,” Quak said on social media.
“Since my injury on the 16th Nov against Morocco, the conclusion was only a slim hope to be involved, but thanks to my family and medical team, miracles happen on the 1 per cent chance. Glad to be able to feature and contribute a part in our journey so far.
“Keep believing. No regrets. Wishing the team all the best and 100 per cent believe we have what it takes to go all the way. For now, thank you everyone for the love and support to me. Be back soon!”
Singapore, who beat Myanmar 3-0 in their opening game, will next play Timor-Leste on Tuesday evening (8.30pm SGT), before finishing the group stage with a clash against tournament favourites Thailand.