Thursday, 23 February 2012

Selangor striker Surendren desperate to overcome injury problems

Selangor striker R. Surendren is hoping that he can steer clear of injuries for the rest of the season.

The 29-year-old football nomad is fed up of being on the crock list for most of his playing career.

He was down with a fractured foot when he was out on loan with Kelantan in 2010.

Last year, he pulled a hamstring when he turned out for Pahang.

His wretched run with injuries continued when he returned to Selangor this year – suffering a dislocated shoulder during the pre-season.

“Thank God, I am recovering. I should be ready to feature in the coming matches for Selangor,” said Surendren yesterday.

Surendren played a key role in the Red Giants’ treble success – Charity Shield, FA Cup and Super League – in 2009.

He bagged more than a dozen goals for Selangor and scored the winner in their 2-1 win over Negri Sembilan in the Charity Shield match in 2010.

The Selangor forward line has been badly hit since Mohd Safee Sali left to join Indonesian Super League (ISL) outfit Pelita Jaya FC last February.

Although Surendren has yet to start for the Red Giants this season, he could forge a new partnership with Croatian striker Bosko Balaban, who has two goals to his credit.

“I trained with Balaban for the first time today.

“I feel comfortable playing with him. Hopefully, we will be able to deliver the goods,” said Surendren.

Skipper Mohd Amri Yahyah was moved upfront following Surendren’s injury and the dearth of strikers in the squad.

The other strikers – like Wan Mohd Hoesne Wan Hussain and Famirul Asraf Sayuti – are inexperienced. Selangor have also had to rely on their attacking midfielders – like Mohd Safiq Rahim Mohd Amirulhadi Zainal, Mohd Fitri Shazwan Raduwan, Azidan Sarudin and K. Solihin – lending support up front.

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