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Badminton's Lee likely to delay cancer comeback again

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

is likely to miss next month's Open and delay his comeback from for a second time, an said Thursday, as the great struggles to make a full recovery.

Norza Zakaria, of the Association of Malaysia, warned fans to "lowe their expectations" for the 36-year-old former world number one.

The three-time Olympic silver medallist has been on the sidelines since July last year, when he was diagnosed with early-stage

He underwent a gruelling programme of specialist treatment in but opted not to retire and resumed training in January.

Lee originally planned to play in March but then delayed his return to the Open, where he is the defending champion, in early April.

But Zakaria said Lee looked likely to miss his home tournament and was now targeting the Sudirman Cup mixed-team event in in May.

"The probability of him not playing in Open is very high," he told AFP.

"I don't think that he is fully recovered physically. He needs to train properly because is a very premier event.

"Fans should lower their expectations."

Lee, who has previously said he needs to get the all-clear from his doctors before returning to competitive play, will travel to next week for a check-up, Norza added.

The still hopes to compete at the but qualifying looks increasingly tough as other young Malaysian players are ranked above him.

is perhaps the biggest blow suffered by Lee, who was banned after testing positive for a proscribed anti-inflammatory at the 2014 world championships.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 20:45 IST