New Delhi, Mar 23: Indian footballer Jeje Lalpekhlua on Monday conveyed 'a big salute' to the medical staff and all others, who are putting in their best efforts, amidst the crisis caused by the Novel Coronavirus. ''A big salute to the medical staff and all others, who are putting in their best efforts around the world. Without them, the crisis would have been much worse,'' Jeje expressed.
''Given the current situation which we're in, it's advisable for everyone to stay at home. We need to get back to normal life soon. I feel that if we self-quarantine ourselves, normalcy will return faster,'' he stated. The outbreak of COVID-19 has played spoilsport all over, with cancellation of all FIFA World Cup Friendlies Qatar 2022. India's matches with Qatar (slated for March 26), Bangladesh and Afghanistan (in June) have also been postponed.
''I was really looking forward to the camp in Bhubaneswar. The postponement has come as a big setback. But, there's no room for complaint and I fully stand by the decision taken,'' he said. Jeje, who has been on rehabilitation since May, 2019, said that he is dying to get back to action. "I had a knee injury last season and had a surgery in May. My rehab has been complete. I can realise that I'm reaching an optimum fitness level gradually,'' he smiled. "Initially, I started my rehab in Chennai. Then I went abroad and the sessions were excellent. The doctor was really helpful and the physio did individual sessions every day. Sometimes, we had two sessions in a day, which helped me recover faster,'' said the talented player.(UNI)