Local Soccer: Maccabi Tel Aviv concerned about Lauren's injuries

The 32-year-old Cameroonian, who was an integral part of Arsenal's double winning team of 2002, is awaiting a decision.

August 27, 2009 04:42
1 minute read.
Local Soccer: Maccabi Tel Aviv concerned about Lauren's injuries

Lauren Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer 248. (photo credit: Asaf Kliger)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Maccabi Tel Aviv chairman Aviv Bushinsky said Wednesday that concerns over the effects of previous injuries on former Arsenal right bank Lauren are the main obstacle to the player signing with the Israeli club. "We want to take him but the fact that he was injured a while ago has given us some hesitation. We will consult with our medical staff this weekend and give him an answer,"Bushinsky told The Jerusalem Post about the defender who played the first half of Maccabi's training match at Hapoel Rishon Lezion on Tuesday. The 32-year-old Cameroonian, who was an integral part of the Gunners' double winning team of 2002, has returned to Spain where he is awaiting a decision. Lauren moved from Arsenal to Portsmouth two years ago but spent the last year out of the game with a knee injury and was released from his contract in June, leaving him without a club. On Wednesday he made it clear that he would love to play for Tel Aviv. "I hope everything is resolved quickly because I am very excited to sign for Maccabi and start this new stage in Israel," Lauren told Spanish sports newspaper AS. "I found it to be a very serious, professional club with a great atmosphere." On Tuesday new Maccabi owner Mitch Goldhar also left the country, returning to Canada after a stay during which he attended Tel Aviv's first league game of the season against Bnei Sakhnin. Bushinsky said he has not discussed possible costs of employing a player of Lauren's stature. "We haven't talked money. The nature of his [Lauren's] visit was more to make an impression and take an impression of Israel. He wanted to see the country and he liked it. And we wanted to take the opportunity to see some of his abilities. When it enters the phase of negotiations we will discuss money. "We have to be very cautious because of course there are economic limitations and we also have limitations on the number of foreign players in the team. "At the beginning of next week both sides will decide whether to continue. If so, we will try and sign him. Now things aren't clear but we still want to exercise the option to sign him."

Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov