Press "Enter" to skip to content

‘I Actually missed being on the pitch’: Jeje Lalpekhlua eyes Strong comeback

In a time once the Indian soccer club is crippled by injuries to key players, striker Jeje Lalpekhlua has ignited a beam of hope for head coach Igor Stimac by stating that he’s optimistic of making a comeback into soccer quite soon.

Jeje, among India’s key forward along with skipper Sunil Chhetri, aggravated his knee injury that has been bothering him since the 2012 AFC Asian Cup and, afterward, has been a part of Stimac’s strategies in the King’s Cup or the Intercontinental Cup.

“I had a great operation. The knee was bothering me for quite a while. It had been because 2012 I have had a knee issue within my Pune FC days,” Jeje mentioned on Friday out of Chennai.

“I can’t comment on if I’ll have the ability to make it into the very first game for Chennaiyin right now like I have a test in a couple of days,” he added.

Chennaiyin takes on FC Goa off on October 23 from the sixth version of this Indian Super League which starts on October 20.

“I need to work very hard. It’s been a small lengthy layoff for me and I truly missed being on the pitch, playing for India along with my own club. I’m raring to go and that I know what I must do to redeem myself,” that the Mizoram striker said.

However, Stimac was dogged by injuries to key players, the newest being Sandesh Jhingan who had been ruled from this Bangladesh tie.

In the match against Qatar, Chhetri was indisposed and couldn’t play Ashique Kuruniyan and Amarjit Singh was ruled from the Oman and Qatar matches.

To improve this, front of the group is dependent on Chhetri who’s now 35.

“I expect Chhetri Bhai plays another 10 decades. He’s so healthy, so he could,” Jeje explained.

“He’s this inspiration. The group was doing well in recent years and that he deserves a great deal of credit for it.”

In the lack of Jeje, the likes of Manvir Singh, Balwant Singh, and Farukh Choudhary would be the forward in the group, besides Chhetri.

“I believe that they are very great. They’ve established themselves and that is why they’re there. The group was doing very well and each section has clicked,” Jeje explained.

On Stimac, whom he’s to play beneath, Jeje explained: “He wished me a speedy recovery. I’m excited about playing under him as I said, I must work very difficult for this,” he added.