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Focussed on recovery, Barman to go to Mumbai to find right cure for back and knee

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

gold medallist Barman will travel to to find the right cure for her troubled knee and back.

Batting odds and severe toothache, Barman became India's first heptathlete to win an gold last month in -- Indonesia's capital city.

She has a lower back problem and a grade three meniscus tear in the knee.

"I will go to around September 24 (after the Ganpati festival is over). There will be a series of tests to see whether I will have to go for a or rehabilitation," Barman said at a felicitation function.

The young athlete, who has six toes on each of her feet, logged career-best 6026 points en route her win in

"I want to be fully fit before taking the field again. I have suffered a lot as gold was my target but now since I have time I have to heal my recurring Otherwise, it can get worse," she said.

The Tokyo may be just two years to go, but her feels it's not a realistic target for the 21-year-old and it would be wise to train eyes on defending her Asian Games gold.

Sarkar has not kept any major assignments for her in next year and stressed that she needs to recover first and then resume practice.

"Our aim is to win successive Asian Games gold which has not happened before. As far as is concerned, the qualification mark is 6200 points. She needs to achieve that first," Sarkar said.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 20:20 IST