Iskandar Zulkarnain’s slipped disc could end his SEA Games dreams

Earlier this week, Malaysia’s badminton singles player Iskandar Zulkarnain learned that a back injury he sustained in January was much worse than he thought it was.

The 25-year-old was diagnosed with a slip disc at two different parts of his back, and this predicament could force him to abandon his 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games’ mission.

According to Dr. Ramlan Aziz from the National Sports Institute — who is in charge of monitoring the badminton player — Iskandar’s recovery and rehabilitation process could extend well into August, and Iskandar has been told not to get his hopes up.

“Dr. Ramlan advised me to be patient and accept this, because it’s part and parcel of the training process.” Islander told Stadium Astro.

Even though Dr. Ramlan has told Iskandar not to get his expectations up, the doctor will be meeting with a panel of trainers from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to see if they can devise a rehabilitation program that can speed up Iskandar’s recovery process.

Dr. Ramlan also promised that he will do everything he can to give Iskandar his best and make sure the 2016 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold runner up will be fit and good to go come August.

“We will proceed with Iskandar’s treatment, see how he’s taking it, and then work from there.” Dr. Ramlan added.

He is currently in talks with national badminton coaches Hendrawan and Tey Seu Bock to make sure that Iskandar continues to be involved with light and easy training routines.

We hope to see you come back stronger, Iskandar!

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