KUALA LUMPUR: A slipped disc suffered five years ago almost ended Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain’s hockey career.
The Rantau Panjang-born player picked up the injury after turning out for Malaysia in the Under-21 Sultan of Johor Cup in 2015.
It took him two years to recover and he thought that was the end of his dream to play for the senior team.
The defender then focused his attention on the Malaysia Hockey League. He did creditably well by scoring eight penalty corner goals for Tenaga Nasional to help them finish runners-up.
Little did he know that his performance caught the eyes of the national selectors and was duly called up for the training camp in March.
The 25-year-old Aminuddin said the injury gave him the fright of his life.
“There were a lot of things going through my mind back then. I seriously thought I would never pick up the hockey stick again.
“Due to the injury, I missed the chance to play in the Junior World Cup in Lucknow in 2016. I was really depressed but after a long period of rehabilitation, I’m now fully recovered.
“The call-up is like a lifeline and I aim to do whatever it takes to win a place for the Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka (November),” added Aminuddin.
Aminuddin admits that he has a tough fight on his hands as there are more experienced players in the squad.
“Some of them have more than 100 caps while I am still a rookie. But I will not let the chance of a lifetime go to waste,” added Aminuddin.
The other defenders in the squad are Mohd Razie Abd Rahim, Mohd Najmi Farizal Jazlan, Mohd Firdaus Omar, Luqman Nul Hakim Ahmad Shukran, Mohd Nur Asyraf Ishak, Faiz Helmi Jali, Mohd Najib Abu Hassan, Syed Mohd Syafiq Syed Cholan and Mohd Arif Syafie Ishak.
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