Bhutia set to take call on retirement in 2-3 days
Seemingly frustrated with a recurring calf muscle injury, veteran India striker Bhaichung Bhutia will take a call on whether to extend his international career or hang up his boots in the next couple of days.sports Updated: Aug 21, 2011 19:37 IST
Seemingly frustrated with a recurring calf muscle injury, veteran India striker Bhaichung Bhutia will take a call on whether to extend his international career or hang up his boots in the next couple of days.
The injury, which forced Bhutia to miss all the matches in the Asian Cup in January, barring the last 15 minutes of the final game against South Korea now threatens to delay his bid to make a comeback to the national team for the three-match tour of England next month.
"I am working hard but I will know in the next 2-3 days," he said when asked about the England tour and his future.
Bhutia had recovered but suffered the injury a few days back while practising for his club Sikkim United.
Not just his international career, Bhutia might just take a decision on his club career as well.
"I will know everything in the next 2-3 days," he reiterated.
Even if he makes the trip to the UK, Bhutia said he will return after playing in the first match, against Pakistan on September 3, as he wants to make himself available for his club Sikkim United, who will be competing in the Federation Cup qualifiers in the second week.
"I will come by September 9, probably after the first two matches.
The Indian team are scheduled to play against Pakistan at Pride Park Ground in Derby, followed by matches against England U-23 and Scotland U-21 sides.