BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: India forward Jeje Lalpekhlua, who is presently is in his hometown Mizoram, conveyed a big salute to the medical staff and all others who are putting in their best efforts” amidst the crisis caused by COVID-19. Coronavirus has affected more than 3.5 lakh people around the world and took 10 lives in India so far.
“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,” said the footballer.
“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,” said Jeje. The outbreak of coronavirus has played a spoilsport all over with the postponement of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. India’s matches with Qatar (was slated for March 26), and other ones against Bangladesh and Afghanistan in June have also been postponed. Jeje was supposed to name his national comeback in the matches.
“I was really looking forward to the camp in Bhubaneswar. The postponement has come as a big setback. But there’s no room to complain and I fully stand by the decision taken,” he added.
Jeje, who has been on a rehab since May 2019, informed that he is dying back 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 for 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,” he informed.
“Since I am in Mizoram now I am continuing individual sessions in consultation with the doctor and physios. I am working hard on my fitness now.”
Meanwhile, north-east India reported its first positive coronavirus case on Tuesday after a 23-year-old woman, who had recently returned from UK, tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur.