Selangor want Mickey to be patient in making return to action


Always on our minds: A banner showing support to Faisal Halim is displayed at a football clinic at Padang Mengkuang Titi in Penanti, Penang, on Sunday. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Faisal Halim will have to wait a little longer to get back to the field. The Selangor winger, who was the victim of a recent acid attack, is only going through light physiotherapy now.

His wounds from an acid attack have not fully healed yet, Selangor have confirmed.

The club’s chief executive officer Dr Johan Kamal Hamidon said the 26-year-old is not allowed to do anything strenuous as they want to ensure his wounds heal well.

“The management have asked Faisal to be patient about his return because he has to go through checks in the hospital. We want to ensure his return is done well,” he said.

“Over the next two to three weeks, we have to focus on his wounds, ensuring they dry up. We want it to be fully healed. For now, he is doing light rehabilitation that does not make him sweat.

“When I paid him a visit, his wounds were still wet and and not fully healed yet.

“Once the wounds are dry, we will go to the next phase, which is fitness. For now, we do not have a timeline for when he will return to the pitch,” he said.

Faisal, fondly known as Mickey, suffered fourth-degree burns after he was splashed with sulphuric acid by two unknown assailants on May 5 at a shopping centre in Damansara. He was hospitalised for almost a month and underwent three surgeries before being discharged on May 25.

It is expected that he will need at least three months before he can return to action.

A source from the club said the team will have a special press conference tomorrow to provide an update on his condition. It is learnt that the player could make an appearance at the media conference.

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