Can Chong Wei recover in time for All England?

Dato’ Lee Chong Wei would have to wait for another week to see if he is able to compete in the All-England Championships held from 7-12 March.

What caused the injury? 

Following the grand opening of the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM), Dato’ Lee Chong Wei slipped and suffered ligament injury on his left knee.

This caused Chong Wei to lash out at the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost for ignoring warnings about how slippery the mats were and also ignored the need to replace them. This caused the relationship between the two to become even more strained and Chong Wei said the relationship is ‘beyond repair’.

How is Chong Wei’s recovery going?

It seems Chong Wei is making positive progress on the road to recovery according to Harian Metro.

The national singles head coach, Hendrawan said Chong Wei is back in training although he has not used the full space of the court. According to him, Chong Wei is determined to play in the All-England tournament. However, they are cutting it close to see if he can play in said tournament.

“What we need now is a fast recovery process because the All-England is one of Chong Wei’s targets this year. For me and the physiologist, Sandra Fielder, we need to wait at the last second and at the same time, we have to do the recovery process step-by-step,” said Hendrawan.

What happens if Chong Wei is unable to compete?

If he fails to make it for the All-England tournament, he will focus on the Sudirman Cup in May and the World Championships after that, according to The Star.

As for the All-England itself, Zulfadli Zulkiffli will be Malaysia’s only singles representative should Chong Wei fail to recover. But even then, it’s a tall task for Zulfadli, especially from the first round itself. Why? Zulfadli’s first round opponent is none other than Chong Wei’s rival, China’s Lin Dan.

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