Safuwan’s A-League dream is over
Singapore football star Safuwan Baharudin’s A-League dream is over, at least for now.
The 23-year-old’s loan spell at Melbourne City has been cut short after he sustained a spinal injury during a 0-0 draw against Wellington Phoenix two weeks ago and he has flown back to Singapore for treatment.
He has also been re-registered with the LionsXII before the April 28 transfer deadline, which means he can play in the Malaysian Super League once he recovers.
"I am disappointed that my injury has forced me to end my stint with Melbourne City," said Safuwan, who was signed following a trial arranged by the Football Association of Singapore.
"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."
Safuwan’s Australian dream was good while it lasted.
In six league matches, he impressed even though he was largely deployed away from his preferred centre back role, starting as a full back or in central midfield.
Safuwan became the first Singaporean to score in the A-League when his goal sparked a 3-1 comeback win over Adelaide United, before he notched another in a 3-2 defeat by Western Sydney Wanderers.