After suffering a left knee injury and forcing him to undergo surgery, Firhan Ashari, who was forced to rest for 10 weeks, is back in training at the Bukit Jalil National Hockey Stadium.
The 34-year-old was called by National Coach Roelant Oltmans to report to the central training camp that began March 2 and has the chance to regain the spot on the 25-man national list scheduled to be announced later this month.
“Joining the team after a long break, it seemed all new for me but now I’m working on getting my touch back to being at the best level as any other teammate.”
“During the 10-month break, I went through regular physiotherapy, but i used to wonder if I could go back to my old self. I’m confident that I’m fully ready to go back,” he said after finishing his training session.
Firhan added that he is now ready to take on any championship and grab a spot on the list of 18 players despite his best efforts to keep his fitness level as good as before.
“It’s just a challenge that I have to overcome at this point but I’m working to regain my fitness level,” said Firhan.
“In my opinion, if the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup runs according to the original schedule, I am ready to return but the match has been postponed until September and I do not see any problem in continuing the training session,” Firhan said.