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EXCLUSIVE: Andik plans to get back to full fitness during fasting month

10:06 AM WAT 06/05/2017
Selangor's Andik Vermansah (middle) tries to get past T-Team's Makan Konate (right) 2016
The Indonesia international has praised his home country's FA for their professional handling of his injury treatment.

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

Selangor's Indonesian star Andik Vermansyah has said that he almost close to achieving full fitness again, and he intends to use the coming Ramadan fasting month to get fully fit.

When met by Goal on Friday, the winger told us that he is 90 per cent fit, and is eager to be registered in the competitions squad by the Red Giants.

"Praise Allah, my injury is fully healed. But in terms of fitness, I am lacking that final 10 per cent.

"If I do get registered by the team in the transfer window, we then have the (Super League) matches against Sarawak and Pahang, and then the break for Ramadan.

"I can work even more on my fitness during that period," explained the 25-year old winger.

The football season in Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country, takes a month-long break every year during the Islamic month of Ramadan, when Muslims are required to refrain from eating and drinking during the day.

When asked about his long lay-off back in Indonesia, Andik responded that his injury was treated well by the Indonesian FA. He suffered an ACL injury in December last year, while playing for his home country in the 2016 AFF Cup.

"I got the injury while playing for the national team, so they took care of everything. The FA handled it profesionally; my operation as well as physiotherapy.

"I then trained on my own, which was tough at first, but it got easier over time," answered Andik.

But the former Persebaya star finally let on, that amidst his rehabilitation, he still had time to catch up with his old friends, and he even played a little football with them.

"I trained, worked on my rehabilitation, but I had a lot of friends back home.

"So I did have a kickabout with them everyday, I couldn't simply sit around and do nothing!" he said with a sly grin.