KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Liew Daren is not overly concerned about being replaced by back-up player Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin for the Myanmar SEA Games next month.
In fact, physician Daren welcomes the decision as it means he can now focus on fully recovering from a niggling foot injury.
He will take part in the last two Super Series in China (Nov 12-17) and Hong Kong (Nov 19-24) but many do not expect him to go far in both competitions.
Daren only found out that he would not be going for the SEA Games on his return from Europe.
“In a way, it’s a good decision. It would put more strain on my foot if I had to compete in China, Hong Kong and the SEA Games,” he said.
“Now, without the SEA Games, I’ll have one month free in December.
“There is no pain now and I can train without any difficulties … but it does recur, especially when I least expect it. I will have time to look into this after the China and Hong Kong Opens.
“A good break from international competition in December will also allow me to start afresh the next season.”
In China, Daren has been drawn against French Open champion Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark in the first round.