KUALA LUMPUR: The national junior hockey team will report in for training at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on July 1, but penalty corner drag flicker Mohd Amirul Hamizan Azahar (pic) will not be there.
The Penang defender has not fully recovered from a fractured left kneecap which he suffered last December.
Despite his injury, he was called up for the national junior training last month in preparation for the Junior Asia Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The tournament, however, has been postponed to a later date.
Amirul was undergoing rehabilitation at the National Sports Institute (ISN) in Bukit Jalil since February but could not continue when the movement control order (MCO) was enforced on March 18.
The 20-year-old Amirul said he was not sure if his knee could take pressure during training, after being out of rehab for three months.
“I will be taking a risk if I attend training next week. If I aggravate the injury, it could jeopardise my hockey career, ” said Amirul, who helped Malaysia win their first ever gold in the Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018.
“Furthermore, there are no competitions for the national junior team with the postponement of the Junior Asia Cup (which is the qualifying tournament for next year’s Junior World Cup in India).
“I want to make sure I have fully recovered from my injury before I attend training. I will go for a medical check-up at ISN by next week to get a clearance from the doctor, ” said Amirul, who guided the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) to bag the league and overall Cup double in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) last year.
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