Bhutia set to take call on retirement in 2-3 days
New Delhi: Seemingly frustrated with a
recurring calf muscle injury, veteran India striker Bhaichung
Bhutia will take a call on whether to extend his international
career or hang up his boots in the next couple of days.
The injury, which forced Bhutia to miss all the matches
in the Asian Cup in January, barring the last 15 minutes of
the final game against South Korea now threatens to delay his
bid to make a comeback to the national team for the
three-match tour of England next month.
"I am working hard but I will know in the next 2-3 days,"
he said when asked about the England tour and his future.
Bhutia had recovered but suffered the injury a few days
back while practising for his club Sikkim United.
Not just his international career, Bhutia might just take
a decision on his club career as well.
"I will know everything in the next 2-3 days," he
Even if he makes the trip to the UK, Bhutia said he will
return after playing in the first match, against Pakistan on
September 3, as he wants to make himself available for his
club Sikkim United, who will be competing in the Federation
Cup qualifiers in the second week.
"I will come by September 9, probably after the first two
The Indian team are scheduled to play against Pakistan at
Pride Park Ground in Derby, followed by matches against
England U-23 and Scotland U-21 sides.