Beijing, China (WiredPRNews.com) — Ryan Babel, the winger from Liverpool, returned to Holland much earlier than expected after suffering from an injury recently. This inspired Holland to a 2-0 pre-Olympics win on Cameroon.
Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, was reluctant to allow Babel, 21, to play at the upcoming games that are to be held in Beijing on Friday. He cannot, therefore, represent his country in the games as he missed Holland’s Euro 2008 campaign due to a badly torn ankle-ligament he sustained in May. Benitez feared that the former Ajax player may not recover within time for the Premier League season starter and thus wanted Babel to continue with his rehabilitation. But Babel returned much sooner than anticipated.
A ruling of FIFA declared that all the players under the age of 23 must be released for the Olympics.
Babel is reported to have no serious effects on his injury once the game was over. He said, “It is doing okay. I didn’t have any moments throughout the game when it felt bad. It is definitely getting better. Last week I would say I was at about 85 per cent fitness and although it has been difficult, I think one more match and I will be ready for the Olympics.”
The coach of Holland, Foppe de Haan believes that the impressive display by Babel justifies his decision to return earlier.