Mohd Razie Abd Rahim (left) speaking to national hockey team chief coach K. Dharmaraj during a training session in Bukit Jalil on Thursday. The penalty corner specialist will be back in full training by the end of April after recovering from a shoulder injury. - AZHAR MAHFOF/ The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: There is good news for the national hockey team as top penalty corner specialist Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim is set to return to training at the end of this month.
The 26-year-old underwent surgery on Feb 18 after dislocating his left shoulder while playing for Mumbai Magicians in the Hockey India League on Feb 4.
Razie did not feature in last month’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh and will also be out of the Champions Challenge I tournament in Kuantan from April 26-May 4.
The Kuala Lumpur-born defender, who came to watch his team-mates train at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Friday, was even seen hitting the ball during the session.
Razie, who has been undergoing rehabilitation for the last six weeks, is certainly eager to return to training.
“I can use the hockey stick to hit the ball now but I still can’t take the drag flicks yet,” said Razie, who was the top scorer in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) in 2011, netting 27 goals for Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC).
“With a few more weeks of rehabilitation, I believe I’ll be able to start practising my penalty corner drag flicks.
“I have started doing light training and will join the team in full training by end of this month as my services are needed ... both in defence and in delivering the goals from penalty corner set pieces.
“I also want to feature in the World Cup (in The Hague from May 31-June 15) as we will be playing against higher-ranked teams.”
Razie, who has 132 international caps, was also delighted that former German defender Kevin Lim has been given clearance by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to feature for the Malaysian team.
“We will have a formidable backline for the World Cup,” said Razie, who last played for Malaysia at the Asian Champions Trophy in Kakamigahara, Japan, last November.
National chief coach K. Dharmaraj was also delighted to know that Razie will be back in training in three weeks’ time.
“I need his services as he is a top defender who gives his best. Razie is also good with his penalty corner conversions. I’m happy that he’ll be able to play in the World Cup,” said Dharmaraj.