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Wish I was part of Bhutia’s farewell game: Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri said he would try and make up for the disappointment of missing Bhaichung Bhutia’s farewell international game due to injury by being at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on January 10 when India take on a full-strength Bayern Munich. HT reports.

sports Updated: Dec 22, 2011 02:46 IST
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Sunil Chhetri said he would try and make up for the disappointment of missing Bhaichung Bhutia’s farewell international game due to injury by being at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on January 10 when India take on a full-strength Bayern Munich.

“When Bhaichung bhai came on for the last 15 minutes in our final Asian Cup game against South Korea last January, all of us wanted to give him a fitting farewell. I wish I could be part of his farewell game but you can’t do anything about injuries,” said Chettri, voted India’s Player of the Year on Wednesday.

“We all look up to Bhai (Bhutia) not just for an international career that lasted 16 years and a club career that has stretched into 19 and counting but also for the wonderful things he has done for Indian football, the things he taught us on and off the field.”

Chettri has been laid up with an ankle injury at the Saff Championship where he was adjudged Most Valuable Player and it will keep him sidelined till at least the third week of January.

The striker said he is looking ahead to India’s next international engagement, the AFC Challenge Cup in Kathmandu next March. “Winning that tournament gives us a chance to be present at the Asian Cup finals in Australia in 2015. It is important for India to be present at such events regularly.”