Elusive gold medal

The former Young Lion also has the SEA Games on his mind.

Before his injury, Nizam was tipped to be the starting striker for the Under-23 team in pursuit of the elusive gold medal.

"The SEA Games are the ultimate goal for all of us. Players like Shahfiq Ghani and Syafiq Zainal have been doing very well lately, so I will have to fight really hard for my place," he said.

In the meantime, Nizam is taking encouragement from the way his elder brother, Singapore and Tampines Rovers star Khairul Amri, worked hard to get back to his best.

Amri spent much of last year on the sidelines because of a serious knee injury, but returned to full fitness during last year's Malaysia Cup and hit his peak for the Lions in their successful AFF Suzuki Cup campaign in December, scoring three goals in the tournament.

"I was so happy watching Amri in the Suzuki Cup," Nizam said.

"He really went through a lot before that. I remember him crying some days because he was so frustrated that he couldn't run, train or play.

"I hope to make a comeback, just like his."

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