Sonia Cheah makes injury return

Former Malaysia number one Sonia Chea is set to make her long awaited return from injury at the Iran International Challenge next month.

Chea has been out for 19 months following four surgeries after rupturing her Achilles tendon in August 2013. 

The 21-year-old chatted to The Star, telling them she is excited about returning to competition after her long lay-off.

She said: "I'm glad that I've been given the green light to compete in an international tournament.

"I'm in good shape now … I have to work harder on my fitness.

"I'm excited but anxious as well. It's not easy to get back to the top after going through so many ups and downs in the last 19 months. I'll be happy if I can reach at least the semis in Iran."

Cheah was ranked number 32 in the world before she was injured, but her long absence from the sport has seen her slip out of the rankings altogether. 

In an interview with The Star late last year the young shuttler spoke about her difficult journey to recovery.

She said: "After the first surgery, there was an infection. It wasn't until the fourth surgery in February that the infection cleared. There was a deep and open wound and I had to frequent the hospital every day to get it cleaned for four months after that.

"It was one of the worst periods of my life. I had to use the crutches for almost four months. I couldn't rest my right foot on the floor or sleep at night because of the throbbing pain.

"I have a lot of work ahead of me but I'm determined to bounce back."