Troubled knee won't let me play one last time for East Bengal: Baichung Bhutia

PTI
Published Jan 16, 2016, 9:00 pm IST
Updated Jan 16, 2016, 9:21 pm IST
Bhutia last season said he wished to retire donning red and gold colours "one last time".
Former India football captain Baichung Bhutia retired from India colours in 2011 against South Korea in the AFC Asian Cup. (Photo: PTI)
 Former India football captain Baichung Bhutia retired from India colours in 2011 against South Korea in the AFC Asian Cup. (Photo: PTI)

Kolkata: Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Saturday said his troubled knee won't allow his wish to play for his club East Bengal one last time.

Having retired from India colours in 2011 against South Korea in the AFC Asian Cup, Bhutia last season said he wished to retire donning red and gold colours "one last time".

 

But I don't see that happening. I am really struggling with my knee injury and not in a shape to play the top-tier I-Leauge for East Bengal. You can say that I am not going to play club again," Bhutia told reporters at the launch of East Bengal's residential academy in BA-CA ground in Salt Lake on Saturday.

"I wish the club takes a professional approach. It will be difficult to start with but I wish the academy develops itself with the passage of time," Bhutia added.

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Hailing the initiative by East Bengal, AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta said: "The idea should be to catch them young. The academy can be the breeding ground for many excellent talents all over the country."

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