N.S. Manju twisted his ankle and suffered a hairline fracture in India’s 0-1 defeat against Lebanon in the opening match of the 2009 Nehru Cup.
expected to be ruled out for six weeks but has been actually out of football
for more than three months now.
result, he missed tournaments like Durand Cup and IFA Shield and then the first eight rounds of the I-League.
Manju started light training a few days back and so only has an outside chance
of being fit for December’s Federation Cup.
he sounded upset while talking about his long term absence but admitted that
there was no point looking back.
to Goal.com he said, “I am obviously very frustrated to be out of action for
such a long time but I don’t think there is any benefit in looking back.
professional player you have to get on with these things because injuries are
a part of the game.”
Manju is satisfied with the treatment that he has received and is optimistic of returning
for the Federation Cup.
been receiving very good treatment from doctors which were recommended by
Indian team doctor Gagan Kapoor so now I am in a much better shape.
few days back I joined training but still I have a lot to work on. Its going to
be difficult but I will try my best to recover on time for the Federation Cup
player personally it is difficult to be in good spirits while being out due to
a long term injury.
finally received some good news a few days back when FPAI (Football Players'
Association Of India) named him as a nominee for the Best Indian Player
Category for their first ever Awards night, which is scheduled to be held on
Sunday, December 13th.
of Anthony Pereira and Sunil Chhetri are the other nominees.
The Mohun Bagan defender admitted that the news came as a pleasant surprise for him and said that he was
honoured to get the nomination.
“It was a
pleasant surprise for me to get nominated and I am truly honoured because there
are so many good players in India, yet I got selected.
“I am very
happy that FPAI nominated me alongside two of the best Indian players. I don’t know
whether I will win the award but already I feel like a winner.”
Mahindra defender then gave his opinion about his current club’s start in the I-League
and also praised the young defenders who did well in the absence of the
“I don’t think
we have been at our best so far but we are only three points behind the leaders so that’s not a bad start.
recent past we have made very poor starts and then recovered in the latter
stages but this time I don’t think our beginning has been that bad and there
is enough time to do well and get closer to the top.
been missing a few key players but I think the youngsters have performed
brilliantly in their absence. Especially the defenders like Sangram Mandi and
Biswajit Saha have made the most of their first team chances, which shows the abundance of young talent in our
United fan Manju is also keeping a close eye on the Premier League and expects
the title race to go down to the wire.
only in November, so there is a long way to go in the Premier League. My
favorite team is Man United so definitely I want them to win.
cannot predict anything now because we see a few surprise results every now and
then like on Saturday Arsenal lost to Sunderland. Chelsea are playing very well
but it is going to be very tight,” he concluded.