KUALA LUMPUR: Coach Datuk Misbun Sidek is lying sick in bed but Lee Chong Wei will keep his mind on the job to prepare well for the defence of the Malaysian Open men’s singles title at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil next week.
Misbun was re-admitted to the Tawakkal Hospital here for lung infection on Monday and can only expect to be discharged in a few days more when he regains his strength.
Misbun has been ill since returning home from pilgrimage on Dec 19. He was admitted to hospital on the same night and went home the following day. But he was unable to be with Chong Wei for the Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu.
“It’s unfortunate that Misbun is not able to help me prepare for the Malaysian Open. But that is not a big problem even if he is unable to be with me for the tournament as I still have the other coaches (Rashid Sidek and Tey Seu Bok) to help guide me,” said Chong Wei.
“Misbun was also not around when I was gearing up and playing in the Masters Finals. And things turned out all right.”
The 27-year-old world number one visited Misbun in hospital after training on Tuesday together with his girlfriend and fellow national team shuttler, Wong Mew Choo.