Football player Andres Oper suffered a severe shoulder injury in a car crash last Monday, the day he was to play in Estonia’s friendly against Belarus.
Oper, who has scored a record 38 goals for the national team, was sitting in a taxi in Tallinn when a bus rammed his vehicle, Õhtuleht reported today.
The seriousness of the injury was not immediately clear. A week later, however, the 35-year-old was in surgery, where three bolts were inserted. A full recovery expected to take three to four months.
Oper, the national team's coach, and doctors had kept the information from the press until now.
“I do not want to end [my football career] with an injury like that,” said Oper.
Oper is currently contracted to Nea Salamis of Cyprus, helping them to stave of relegation in the 2012/2013 season. The forward said, however, that he has not been paid in half a year as the club is in financial difficulties. He said that he will not make decisions about his future until the financial problems, and his new injury, are behind him.
The striker suffered head injuries in a February friendly against Scotland in Aberdeen. He spent a night in the hospital that time, with no long-term damage detected.