Doha: Despite being laid low by injuries in
recent times, Indian football team skipper Bhaichung Bhutia
has his eyes trained on the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia.
The 34-year-old striker made a comeback from injury as a
80th-minute substitute in India`s 4-1 to South Korea in their
final Group C match yesterday, thus bringing to an end a
nearly four-month hiatus. Bhutia has been out of action since
September with a calf problem.
"I don`t want to retire injured," Bhutia told reporters
"I will take a break for two to three months and see if I
can recover fully from my injury and after that I will decide.
I think I will recover in two or three months and then I will
continue playing," India`s record goal-scorer said.
"I consulted the Australian team doctor and other local
doctors here. Every two days blood clots are drained from my
calf and I took painkillers," he said.
Bhutia said he was delighted to have made his Asian Cup
debut, after missing out on the first two matches.
"I did not feel any discomfort in the 15 minutes I played
(against South Korea). I am happy that I played in the Asian
"It is the biggest stage of football in Asia. For every
Asian player, the World Cup and Asian Cup are the biggest
"I am happy to have played in the Asian Cup. I will play
in the next Asian Cup (in Australia in 2015)," Bhutia said.