Is Former Leicester & Burton Striker Losing Imps Injury Battle
Leicester City expected great things of Adi Yussuf, but injury wrecked his chances, ditto Tamworth FC, Burton Albion and perhaps now Lincoln City. Following ground breaking treatment he had been expected to have a run out at Sleaford on 3rd September, but he was forced to pull out at the last minute as another strain ruled him out. Sadly it appears lady luck is still failing to finally smile on a player who has the ability and desire to get a second chance at championship level?
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
Having impressed at the Leicester City Youth Academy under the Direction of John Rudkin and ex-Imp Trevor Peake (Nicky Eaden is also there as a coach) Adi was given a 3 year youth deal at 16. He was a regular in the U18′s and reserves, before going on loan to Tamworth at just 17 but loan was cut short through injury after 2 goals (Eastbourne & Harriers) and 2 assists (Darlo & Harriers again) in just 6 starts. Sven-Göran Eriksson wielded the axe as Adi left along with 10 others.
Manager Paul Peschisolido rated Adi highly enough to give him a one year deal after an exciting pre-season . The 18 year old bided his time, scored in the 6-3 demolition of Barnet during the 2011/12 season, but failed to break into the starting line-up, with injury providing as big an obstacle as competition. Last season was a similar story with just 3 starts, plus 8 from the bench, before injury curtailed any first team involvement from October, leading to his release in May.
Simmo also saw enough in another promising pre-season showing that was again good enough to earn him a one year deal. It was of no surprise as his trademarks, explosive acceleration and power, see him get behind defences to lethal effect. Alas that has been his downfall, with the mystery injury leading to an abundance of hamstring and other strain injuries, seeing him sit out seasons that have looked promising.
He has one leg slightly longer than the other leading to pain and regular strains, such as hamstring pulls which clearly hamper a large part of his natural game. It had been hoped that injections and a modification to his boots might help, but thus far he has been unable to make a single Skrill Premiership appearance, suggesting the lad, who looked brilliant in pre-season may well have to give up the game for good. Adi, can only go one of two ways now, either finally breaking the injury sequence, or being forced to retire from the game at just 20 years of age.