Getting shuttler Justin back on court after heel injury

KUALA LUMPUR: Fans and the BA of Malaysia (BAM) are hoping men's singles player Justin Hoh will make a swift return after sustaining a foot injury at the recent Guwahati Masters in India.

Justin, 19, had recently made a comeback to competitive action after an eight-month hiatus due to an Achilles tendon rupture.

Considered Malaysia's rising star in men's singles, Justin reached the semi-finals in Assam before retiring from the match against Indonesia's Alvi Wijaya Chairullah, where he was trailing 21-12, 11-2.

National coach, K. Yogendran said initial findings suggested Justin had sustained a right heel injury. However, the Kuala Lumpur-born must undergo further tests to determine the extent of his injury.

BAM coaching director Rexy Mainaky said: "So far, I have only been briefed by Yogendran. It looks like a heel injury. "However, we need to wait until Justin undergoes further tests to know how serious the injury is.

"We are aware that Justin is making a comeback from an Achilles tendon injury and is not fully at his best. "We don't want to take any risks or downplay the injury before consulting the experts."

"Thankfully, the Guwahati Masters was the last tournament of the year for Justin. "At least he has some time to recover before the new season.

"Like everyone else, we also hope the injury is not serious and for Justin to make a swift return."

Before his Achilles tendon rupture, Justin clinched the Uganda International Challenge title in February and reached a career-high world No. 48 ranking in May.

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