National Team - Lions ● Apr 24, 2015

Safuwan Baharudin Returns From Melbourne Because Of Back Injury


SINGAPORE, 24 APRIL 2015: National defender Safuwan Baharudin will be returning to Singapore after an injury forced him to end his loan move to Melbourne City FC (MCFC).

The 24-year-old, who joined the A-League club in January on a three-month deal, has been ruled out of the rest of MCFC’s season because of a back injury.

While Safuwan’s contract allows him to play in Melbourne City’s final match of the regular season, as well as the Finals Series, he will be flying back to Singapore to receive treatment on his back.

As the transfer window deadline for the Malaysian Super League is on 28 April, Safuwan will be registered for the LionsXII so that he can play for the team when he fully recovers from the injury and returns to fitness.

“I am disappointed that my injury has forced me to end my stint with Melbourne City,” said Safuwan who was signed by MCFC following a stint with the club during its training camp in Abu Dhabi from 10-19 January. The stint was a developmental opportunity arranged by the FAS.

“But injuries are part and parcel of a footballer’s life. My focus now is on getting treatment for the injury, and making a full recovery.”

During his time with Melbourne, the versatile Safuwan played six matches and scored two goals. “I had a memorable time at Melbourne City and I learnt a lot about what it takes to be a professional player. These are lessons I will never forget,” he said.

“I wish to thank everyone at the club for making me feel at home. In particular, I want to thank Coach John van’t Schip for giving me the first-team opportunities, and for all that I have learnt there.

“I also want to thank FAS President Mr Zainudin Nordin and FAS General Secretary Winston Lee who worked hard behind the scenes along with Francisco Lopez, Business Director of City Football Services and John Didulica, Director of Football Operations at MCFC, to create this opportunity for me.

“I am very appreciative of all they have done for me and my family.”