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Wonderkid Roony Bardghji sidelined for 9-12 months after suffering ACL knee injury

Published at :May 2, 2024 at 10:59 PM
Modified at :May 3, 2024 at 2:02 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

The 18-year-old appeared in 19 games for Copenhagen in the league this season

FC Copenhagen wonderkid Roony Bardghji will miss nine to twelve months due to a significant ACL knee injury.

Copenhagen announced that the eighteen-year-old had experienced the problem during practice prior to his team’s Sunday Championship play-off round matchup with Silkeborg.

One of the most talented players in Europe, Bardghji is a deft left-footed winger. Bardghji stated in a January interview with The Athletic that he wanted to “become the best player in the world.”

“We all feel for Roony, and everyone in and around the club will do everything we can to help him back on the pitch again,” Copenhagen sporting director Peter Christiansen said.

“Right now he needs to take it easy to process this message, but we all know him as a dedicated and deeply serious footballer who we know will come back even stronger.”

Bardghji played for the youth sides of Kallinge SK, Rödeby AIF, and Malmö FF after moving to Sweden in 2012. He relocated to Copenhagen from Malmö in 2020. He broke Kenneth Zohore’s milestone on November 21, 2021, when he made the senior squad debut for Copenhagen against AGF in the Danish Superliga.

Roony Bardghji’s journey with Copenhagen so far

At 16 years and 6 days, he became the youngest player to appear for the team. He struck Copenhagen’s first goal a week later in a 3-1 victory over AaB.

Bardghji earned his UEFA Champions League start on October 25, 2022, against Sevilla, coming off as a substitute in the 62nd minute of the match. The team lost 3–0. He inked a new deal on January 7, 2023, extending it until December 2025.

On November 8, 2023, Bardghji delivered the game-winning goal in the 87th minute of a 4-3 victory over Manchester United, marking the first Champions League goal of his career.

The Swedish international is more accustomed to playing off the right side and cutting in with his left foot, although he can play anywhere throughout the front line.

When he has the ball at his feet, Bardghji comes to life. His fearlessness and eagerness to take on opponents throw the opposing team’s defence into disarray as they try to figure out how to stop him.

He has an excellent eye for goal and, like when he scored his first senior goal, is not scared to attempt a long-range shot when the chance presents itself.

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