In­jury havoc for team

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AS Sea Games draw near, the men’s na­tional rugby sevens squad have been hit by in­juries fol­low­ing a string of tour­na­ments which in­cluded the re­cent Bor­neo Sevens that saw dis­as­trous re­sults.

The na­tional squad’s cam­paign came to an end when they were beaten by Sri Lanka

(26-5) in the plate semi-fi­nals where four play­ers suf­fered in­juries.

Muhamad Fir­daus Tarmizi suf­fered a blow to his ribs while Nik Mohd Shahid­dan Mohd Zain sus­tained a knee in­jury which is sus­pected to be an an­te­rior Cru­ci­ate Lig­a­ment (ACL).

Muham­mad Azwan Zuwairi Mat Zizi is out for a few weeks af­ter he sprained an an­kle and Muham­mad Zul­hisham Rasli is suf­fer­ing from hem­or­rhoids that has him side­lined.

De­spite the in­juries, head coach Mohd Saizul Hafifi Md Noor re­mains op­ti­mistic.

“The team’s per­for­mance is get­ting bet­ter, as well as their fit­ness level and the chem­istry be­tween the boys is im­prov­ing,” said Saizul.

Prior to the Bor­neo tour­na­ment, the in­jury list was at a head­count of three with Zulk­i­flee Azmi, Muham­mad Sid­diq Amir Jalil and Mo­hamad Nur Azri Azmi side­lined.

“I have to con­sult the Na­tional Sports In­sti­tute (NSI) first, af­ter we get the re­sults then we can dis­close how se­vere the sit­u­a­tion is,” he said. Farah Azharie

I have to con­sult the Na­tional Sports In­sti­tute first, af­ter we get the re­sults then we can dis­close how se­vere the sit­u­a­tion is. MOHD SAIZUL HAFIFI

Head coach

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