Captain in rehab: Spasojevic vows to come back stronger for Melaka United

Captain in rehab

It is always tough when a forward has to sit a game out, just watching from the sidelines as urge to get on the pitch, and play and score goals kick in; but you can’t until you completely recover from your injury.

That was how Melaka United’s captain felt at the round 3 of the FA Cup fixture against Pahang FA last Saturday. The 29-year-old had to sit out the crucial FA Cup game due to a hamstring injury.

“Pahang deserved to win”

While he’s going through rehabilitation and focusing on coming back stronger, he also noted that luck was not on their side that night, something he could have probably changed  with his goal-scoring prowess if he had played in the match.

After all, this was the man who picked up the award for Most Goals Scored by an Import Player at the Anugerah Bola Kebangsaan last year. However, he also admits that Pahang put up a good fight that night and absolutely deserved the 2-0 win.

“We got an earful from the Melaka United Football Association (MUSA) President, Datuk Seri Idris Haron. He wants to see a more solid squad, especially since our 4-0 loss to Kedah during match week 8.” Spasojevic told Harian Metro.

“I believe we have a strong team that is more confident after speaking to the President, and we will focus all our energy in acing the upcoming fixtures.” he added.

Ilija to focus on coming back stronger

Apart from that, Spasojevic is also putting everything into his rehabilitation process to come back fit and strong, so he can continue to contribute goals to Melaka United. The award-winning forward has only managed one goal this season.

After the international break for the 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers, Melaka United will be facing Johor Darul Ta’zim, FELDA United, and PKNS in there next three Super League fixtures. And Spasojevic cannot wait to be back in action!

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