KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles player Mohd Zakry Latif was forced to cut short his first training session on return from injury after experiencing pain in his left knee at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here yesterday.
Although his attempt at making a comeback was far from successful, it has not dampened his determination to make a full recovery by the time the All-England swings into action in early March.
Zakry, who partners Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari, first aggravated the injury during the Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu last month and it forced the pair out of the just concluded Malaysian Open.
“Medical tests revealed that I have damaged my meniscus. It is not that serious but I have to take care not to aggravate it further,” said Zakry, who is currently ranked fourth in the world with Fairuzizuan.
“My condition is much better compared to when I tried to train during the week before the Malaysian Open.
“Today, I tried to keep up with the training session for the full two hours but had to give up half way as I started to feel pain again.
“The coach (Rexy Mainaky) advised me not to push my luck and stop if I cannot take it anymore.
“But I will still continue to come for training as I want to maintain my fitness. I hope to recover fully fit and be well prepared for the All-England and Swiss Open in March.”
Zakry-Fairuzizuan are one of the two elite pairs in the national squad together with Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong. The good thing for Zakry is that there is ample time for him to make a full recovery from his injury.
The entire national doubles squad, including the elite back-up pairs, are skipping the Korean Open this week to stay home to polish up their acts.
However, Rexy will be sending a few back-up pairs for the German Open, which will be held from Feb 24-March 1.
“I will have to discuss with the management first on the pairs for the German Open. We should finalise the entries in two days. But our two top pairs (Kien Keat-Boon Heong and Fairuzizuan-Zakry) will not be involved.” said Rexy.
“They will head directly to Birmingham for the All-England.”