KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei may have to make his defence of the Malaysian Open title at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil next week in the absence of his mentor and coach, Misbun Sidek.
Misbun was re-admitted to the Tawakkal Hospital here on Monday evening for suspected lung infection and he was put on drips.
Misbun, who looked very weak, said that he had not been feeling well since he returned home from pilgrimage in Mecca two weeks ago.
“I was asked to stay in hospital for observation for one night and was discharged. But I did not get well and I experienced severe pains in my body last night,” said Misbun.
“I could not stand the pain and I asked (brothers) Rashid and Jalani to send me to hospital. I don’t know how long I will be in hospital but I have a feeling it’s going to be longer stay this time.”
Badminton is his passion for Misbun and lying down in a hospital bed and not doing anything is a bad experience for him.
“If I listened to my heart, I hoped to be out there to coach the players. I am seldom sick but this is the worst. I’ve been away from the badminton court for more than a month and I hope to recover soon,” he said.
“But if I cannot make it in time, Chong Wei and the others will have to go on without me again. I’ll keep in touch with him on the handphone,” said Misbun.
However, Misbun is glad that Chong Wei has achieved his aim to win his first title as the world number one since his runner-up finals at the Beijing Olympics last August at the recent Super Series Master Finals in Kota Kinabalu.
“I am happy that he has maintained his position as the world number one into the new year. It’s also a good experience for him as it builds up his own confidence,” said Misbun.
“I am glad that he has complete faith in me. I asked him to skip the Hong Kong Open as he was complaining of some pain in his foot after the China Open. It was better for him to prepare for the Masters Finals and I am glad he shared the same feelings.”
For the Malaysian Open, Misbun hoped that the top seeded Chong Wei can again capitalise on the absence of the Chinese players as he did in Kota Kinabalu.
“He has to maintain his performance and make at least the final. But he can expect it to be tough even though he is playing on home ground … everyone will be out to beat him,” said Misbun.