By FOX Sports staff
Badhri, widely regarded as the country's most-talented playmaker, has long struggled to force his way into the Harimau Malaya setup despite being 31, given coach K. Rajagobal's preference of Darul Takzim midfield general Safiq Rahim.
However, Safiq's disappointing displays this season, coupled with some match-winning performances from Badhri, has left Rajagobal with little alternative but to call up the Kelantan skipper for the upcoming friendlies against Chelsea and Barcelona, as well as the tour of Japan.
But the player initially looked to have spurned the chance after it was reported he had failed to turn up for training without being given permission, although it appears it was all just a misunderstanding after the Malaysia coach confirmed there will be no punishment imposed.
"No [there will not be any punishment]," he told Berita Harian. "He [Badhri] has reported for duty and we will see his medical report.
"Our physiotherapist and doctors at FAM [Football Association of Malaysia] will see the extent of his injuries.
"This is the same case with Azamuddin Akil, who reported for duty and was sent back after we found out that it will take about five weeks for him to fully recover [from his injury].
"It is the same with Badhri. If he cannot recover in time, we will send him back.
"We will have to weigh up the current situation first before making the best decision."
Badhri himself insists he was not trying to create trouble for Rajagobal by missing the first few days of training, and reveals he is still hoping to play a key role for Malaysia if given the chance.
"I admit there has been a misunderstanding regarding this issue," he said, according to Utusan. "However, my failure to report does not mean that I was refusing to cooperate with the coach or the team.
"I hope the FAM will accept my medical report and take relevant action. I am ready to do my job and I promise to give my best for Harimau Malaya.
"If I get a chance to lead the team in midfield, I vow to give my all in order to repay the faith that the coach has shown in me. That is however all up to him."
Badhri led Kelantan to victories in the Super League, Malaysia Cup and FA Cup last season, although the Red Warriors have struggled to live up to the lofty standards they set for themselves this year.
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