Bhutia to return home after falling sick

Bhutia, who has been released from the camp to recuperate from his illness, has a history of thyroid related illness and has lost weight and was feeling weak.

Team sources, however, said there was nothing to worry about him as his illness has been properly diagnosed and medications recommended.

Dempo midfielder Climax Lawrence is nursing an injured ankle while his club-mate Samir Naik is yet to join training after being suspected to have a calf muscle pull.
Goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya has a bruised ankle too and has been recommended a couple of days rest.

The Indian team, preparing for next year's Asian Cup in Doha, has been going through their paces under coach Bob Houghton who is trying to get the players in top fitness with strenuous workouts in the gymnasium and high intensity training but has not been able to go full throttle.

The players have been training since July 1 at Vieira de Leiria, a small town about 200 km from Lisbon on the way to Porto.

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