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‘THE ONLY THING I WANTED WAS TO PLAY AGAIN’

KOZHIKODE, JULY 20: A long-term knee injury sustained during a training session left Salman more than five months on sidelines, ruling him out for the remainder of I-League 2018-19 season. However, the winger is now back with full energy joining the pre-season camp of Gokulam Kerala FC.

Salman, who is the liveliest and jubilant Kerala player in the squad, had a hard time recuperating from the injury and the subsequent surgery.

“The injury was devastating for me. I was not able to walk for the first three weeks. It was very hard for me considering I am a person who likes to be occupied always. But I had good support from the club physiotherapist. He used to call me and advise me on diet. He also sent me weekly exercise videos, which helped me to recover fast,” says Salman.

For Salman the bed rest after surgery was excruciating. “I started my rehab exercises slowly. First I did some balancing exercises. After three weeks, I started to walk. And slowly, I started running. Now I have started to do training with the team on the ground. It was a long recovery but I am happy that I was able to maintain my fitness and morale,” he said.

 

K. Salman  in action against Mohun Bagan during the Hero I-League 2018-19 opener at EMS Corporation Stadium, Kozhikode – I-League.

Salman did not get many chances last season due to injury but the player from Tirur believes that this year, it would be different. “Physiotherapist is saying that I will be match-ready after two months only. So I am following the training regime strictly. The only thing I wanted is to be on the ground and play in front of our fans. It is just another feeling. You feel being loved and care. This is what every player yearns for,” says Salman.

“The club has recruited some good foreigners this year. We have also a good mixture of local talents and other state players. For Kerala players, Gokulam FC offers a great chance to excel and come into the forefront of Indian football,” he said.

Club physiotherapist Adith KJ is happy with Salman’s recovery. “It would take more time for his complete recovery. But now he is training with the players. His recovery is an example to every player. Players should follow guidance from the physio department strictly to attain complete recovery after a prolonged injury or surgery,” said Adith.

 

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