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The 27-year old was elected as the AIFF Player of the Year and spoke on how the injury suffered during the Kolkata Derby has affected him and his family

A tireless worker and a good team player. These are just some of the qualities that Mohun Bagan's Syed Rahim Nabi has in abundance.

The 27-year old was the victim of the violence that transpired at the Kolkata Derby on December 9, 2012 when a missile hurled from the Mohun Bagan section of fans struck the midfielder on the temple, rendering him unconscious.

The former East Bengal man had to undergo a surgery where a metallic plate has been inserted on his cheekbone.

Nabi, who is out of action for six weeks, was voted as the Player of the Year by the All India Football Federation [AIFF] for 2012. "To be honest, I was really looking forward to this award. It means a lot to me. It is my first one and I hope it wont be my last," said the wing-back to The Times of India.


Nabi is recovering from an injury sustained during the Kolkata Derby

However, Nabi's injury suffered at the derby has shaken his family to an extent where they are against him returning to play again. "They [parents and wife] are vehemently against my return to football. They are even trying to stop my brother from pursuing the game. The incident has shaken their faith badly," revealed the man from Pandua.

Nabi is hoping that the accolades he has been receiving on winning the Player of the Year award will convince his family that he belongs to the football pitch. The 27-year old clarified the status of his health after undergoing corrective surgery. "The pain is still there. The doctors have fixed a plate on my cheekbone. I still can't eat properly as chewing is difficult. And sitting at home for so long is boring," said Nabi.

Primarily a defender, Nabi has thrived in the new attacking left midfield role under national team coach Wim Koevermans. The Mariners' medio put in a stellar performance in the Nehru Cup Final against Cameroon earning him the man of the match award.

Nabi took time to thank all those who supported him to becoming what he is today. "I must say I am indebted to my teammates and childhood coach Murari Sur. He is old now and not keeping well. Without him, my career would have been a non-starter," signed off Nabi.

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