Bhutia likely to return to Portugal on Aug 9

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2010, 18:13 PM IST

Kolkata: India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has
fully recovered from his thyroid-related problems but is
likely to join his teammates in Portugal only on August 9
after the recovery of his son who is ill.

Stating that his son Ugen was in hospital, Bhutia, who
was to leave for Portugal during the day with Sunil Chettri,
told reporters, "I hope that he will be discharged on Sunday.
I will leave after that."

After recurrence of thyroiditis, the 33-year-old
striker had to leave India`s training camp and return home on
July 17.

"There is a lot of improvement in Bhaichung`s condition.
He lost around 4 to 5 kg in Portugal, but now he is normal and
has started training. He has regained about 2kgs weight,"
Bhutia`s personal physician Tirthankar Chowdhury said.

"I have prescribed drugs and cut down on iodine and
seafood in his diet. We are closely monitoring his condition
and will be keeping in touch with him via e-mail," Chowdhury
said.

Bhutia`s national team mates are now training at Vieria
de Leiria, a small town about 200 kms from Portuguese capital
of Lisbon as part of their preparation for the Asian Cup to be
held in Doha next year.

PTI