Maharjan’s career at risk

Bangkok, May 19:

Nepali national team midfielder Pradeep Maharjan’s footballing careering is at risk after sustaining a serious injury during a friendly match here on Sunday.

Nabil Three Star player Maharjan injured his right knee during a friendly match against Bangkok Glass on Sunday. Although, the initial reports suggested Maharjan would be out of action only for a week, a doctor at the Sirinthron Hospital here said that Maharjan had a torn ligament and would be out for long.

Due to the swollen knee, doctors have advised him to undergo operation only three weeks later. According to Nepali team physio Gaurav Thapa, Maharjan’s chances to take to the field is only possible with regular therapy six months after undergoing knee operation. “Without operation, there is absolutely no chance of Maharjan making his comeback”, Thapa said.

Maharjan, however, was discharged from the hospital today. “He (Maharjan) could receive treatment either in Thailand or could be sent home,” said team manager Birat Jung Shahi.

“We will decide it after consultation with All Nepal Football Association president Ganesh Thapa,” Shahi added.

Nepal is scheduled to leave for Cambodia on Thursday to participate in the AFC Challenge Cup. According to Nepal’s German coach Thomas Flath Maharjan will accompany the team.

“We are not considering calling any other player in his place,” said Flath.

Meanwhile, Nepal will play their second friendly match against the national team of Thailand at the Raj Mangala Stadium here on Tuesday. Injured Nirajan Rayamajhi and Anjan KC also joined the team’s practice session today.