New Delhi: National football captain Baichung Bhutia is returning home today from Portugal, where Indian players have been undergoing a two-month training stint, after being diagnosed for a Thyroid-related illness.
Bhutia, who has been released from the camp to recuperate from his illness, has a history of thyroid related problems.
"Baichung (Bhutia) has been diagnosed as suffering from Thyroiditis with Hyperthyroidism after a Thyroid Profile was done for him in Portugal. Considering his problem, team doctor Sachin Yadav has advised Bhaichung not to stay near sea environment and to avoid salted diet, sea food," an AIFF statement said.
"Bhutia has been put on medication and requires rest till his Thyroid profile becomes normal," it added.
Bhutia is expected to consult his endocrinologist in Kolkata, who earlier treated him for Hyperthyroidism.
The development put a question mark on Bhutia`s availability for the slew of international matches to be played in September starting with a friendly against Thailand in Bangkok on September 4.
A total of 29 players have been training since July 1 at Vieira de Leiria, a small town about 200 km from Lisbon on the way to Porto.
Bhutia is unlikely to take part in the one-month long training stint at Vieira de Leiria, which was mainly meant to bring the players at the same level of fitness.
His participation in the subsequent one-month training stint of the players in Lisbon from August 1 at the facilities of Sporting Clube Academy is also uncertain.
Apart from Bhutia, three other players are also down with injuries, according to team sources.
Dempo midfielder Climax Lawrence is nursing an injured ankle while his club-mate Samir Naik is yet to join training after being suspected of a calf muscle pull.
Goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya has a bruised ankle too and has been recommended a couple of days rest.