Blister forces Chong Wei to miss training

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Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei skipped training on the eve of the World Championships in Jakarta due to a blister on his right foot. 

However, team manager Ng Chin Chai insisted that the blister was not serious and added that Chong Wei missed training as he didn't want to aggravate it. 

Instead of training on Sunday, Chong Wei opted to go cycling, proving that his blister is nothing to be concerned about. 

"The blister on Chong Wei’s right foot is the result of days of hard work," Chin Chai told The Star. "We did not want him to aggravate it, so he was given a break from training.

"He cycled in the afternoon, instead. After all, Chong Wei’s first match is only on Tuesday. He has time to recover."

Chong Wei has yet to win a World Championships title, but Chin Chai is confident that the 32-year-old will be able to accomplish the feat on his ninth attempt as he has been working closely with Hendrawan and Morten Frost, both of whom are former world champions. 

Furthermore, Chong Wei has been in superb form since making his comeback from an eight-month doping ban in May. 

The former world number one went undefeated at the Sudirman Cup despite Malaysia losing to South Korea in the quarter-finals. He then went on to win the US Open and the Canada Open before Chen Long snapped his winning streak with a 21-17, 20-22, 13-21 defeat in the quarter-finals of the Chinese Taipei Open last month.

"I think the contributions of these two former greats will make all the difference for Chong Wei this year," Chin Chai said.

"Hendrawan came back from injury to win the world title in Seville in 2001. And he is guiding Chong Wei to make a similar comeback from his eight-month doping ban. I think their partnership has come at a perfect time.

"Hendrawan has a unique way of guiding and coaching Chong Wei and the latter has grown quite comfortable.

"Morten (BAM's technical director) too has given invaluable inputs. All these little factors can make a big difference."

Chong Wei's World Championships campaign gets underway with a first round match against Lithuania's Kestutis Navickas on Tuesday.