At this summer’s World Cup, the 19-year-old Japanese player dislocated her shoulder, an injury that forced her to undergo surgery, which has now been performed. This means she will miss the rest of the season as she has a long period of rehabilitation ahead of her.
The Japanese was loaned out from top team Chelsea and the English club agreed with Hammarby to terminate the loan agreement.
Lager told SVT that the Japanese national team doctor, Chelsea’s medical team and the Hammarby team doctor were involved in the decision about the surgery, and were in agreement.
– But in the end it was Chelsea’s decision, they own the player and they made the decision, he says.
Sports Director: “Why take the risk?”
Hamano underwent surgery during the day and Hammarby was hopeful that Hamano would be able to return even after the operation.
Was there a possibility that you managed the rehab and not Chelsea?
– Sure, but we didn’t see a big point in it, there’s no reason for her to be here just for that reason, because she’s missing the whole season, says Johan Lager to SVT Sport and continues:
– It’s also a very big responsibility, if we have done a bad rehabilitation and she goes back there… why risk it? It is nice to avoid that responsibility.
Finn will also be out for the rest of the season
During his time at Hammarby, the Japanese scored 11 goals in 22 competitive matches and helped win the Swedish Cup.
The season is also over for Hammarby winger Adelina Engemann. The day before yesterday, Engman was injured during training and later it was confirmed that he had a broken ankle. Many months of rehabilitation await the Finnish national team player.
Archive: Watch SVT’s interview with Hamano before Sweden’s World Cup match against Japan. (23-08-10)
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