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Blog - The Toe Poke

 By Chris Wright

AIK forward Borges plays in fan's shirt

Costa Rican international Celso Borges lined up for Swedish side AIK in a fan's replica shirt Monday night.

As it happens, midfielder Celso Borges may well have played his final game for Swedish side AIK on Monday, with the Costa Rican international potentially bowing out in fine style after being forced to play against IFK Gothenburg while wearing a jersey borrowed from a fan in the crowd.

With AIK receiving a bid for Borges from French side Evian before the game, the midfielder was originally left out of the matchday squad that traveled to Gothenburg for the Allsvenskan fixture on Monday afternoon.

However, it was later decided that Borges' services would be required after all, leading to the AIK kit man then having to confess that he hadn't packed the 26-year-old's shirt due to him not being listed on the team sheet.

Fortunately, the kit man managed to find a fan among AIK's travelling support who had a personalised shirt with Borges' name and his No. 10 printed on the back. Equally fortunately, the fan was willing to let Borges borrow his jersey to play in.

AIK then hastily managed to sew the requisite league and sponsor's logos onto the jersey before handing it to Borges to wear.

Speaking after retrieving his shirt after watching his team win 2-0, the fan told local reporters that he was simply "proud to have helped the team I love."

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