HBA stretchered off at the Etihad after De Jong Lunge.
HBA's a man on a mission after a horror tackle by Nigel De Jong four games into his NUFC career in November 2010 left him with a double-leg fracture. It got worse, as an infection meant his career was almost ended.
As he told Canal Plus (h/t ESPN Soccernet), "It was a big infection which could have been very dangerous. I was told that I could have had my leg cut off if they didn't operate on me very quickly."
Eleven months of rehabilitation were followed by a battle to regain his form, yet he began to produce the goods again in 2011 and having finally regained full match fitness, he's started the 2012/13 season a man possessed.
Speaking to the Chronicle, manager Alan Pardew said: "Hatem is really on fire for us at the moment. He was the highlight of the game against Aston Villa. He's just a special talent, and he's been our best player."