Official: Al Ahly sign Brazilian Hendrik Helmke, release Yedan
The 27-year-old German-born Brazilian midfielder has played in Germany, Malaysia, Norway, Finland and briefly moved to Iran before joining the Cairo giants on a three-and-a-half year deal on Friday, Al Ahly officially announced.
As a result, Juan Carlos Garrido has decided to release Burkinabé international Moussa Yedan, as the team would now have four foreign players after signing Hendrik Helmke and Nigerian striker Peter Ebimobowei, in addition to Ethiopian Saladin Said, while it is only permitted to have a maximum of three non-Egyptian players in one team in the Egyptian Premier League.
Its is worth mentioning that Hendrik suffered a knee injury in a friendly match with his last club, Iranian side Esteghlal FC – who he joined last December – that prevented him from playing a game in the Iranian Professional League, as per PersianFootball.com. However, Al Ahly’s medical staff have played down the seriousness of the injury.
“We had doubts that the player had an injury in the knee cartilage, therefore he was submitted to the medical adviser Magdy Abdel-Aziz, who confirmed the well-being of the player’s knee,” said Alaa Abdel-Sadek, Al Ahly’s football director.
“The medical adviser confirmed that the cartilage has no effect on Helmke’s technical side and if the player needed a surgery it will be a simple arthroscopic surgery, which won’t take more than three weeks maximum,” Abdel-Sadek explained.
If Helmke is deemed fully fit, he will start training with the Red Devils starting on Saturday.