Hafiz Osman just won't give up

Hafiz Osman just won't give up
Hafiz Osman tries to get past Global FC's Ben Starosta in an RHB Singapore Cup semi-final first leg match.

He's back, and he just can't stop running.

Tanjong Pagar United skipper Hafiz Osman just wants to make up for lost time.

Fans at recent Jaguars games would have noticed the 29-year-old fullback dashing up and down the right flank like a man possessed.

The reason for his lung-bursting efforts?

A new-found appreciation of football, after missing almost a year of action due to two serious ankle injuries.

"I've missed so much football already, I want to make full use of the time I'm on the field," he said.

"I even told my wife that I've never missed her as much as I missed my football!"

Hafiz vividly remembers the moment his injury hell began.

In the seventh minute of added time in an S-League game against Home United on Oct 18 last year, he leapt to challenge former Home United striker Frederic Mendy for a header.

But he landed awkwardly and only succeeded in clearing the ball out to the Home's Jeremy Chiang, who lashed home the winning goal.

It was only later that Hafiz realised he had torn the achilles tendon in his left ankle.

He underwent surgery and, after four months of physiotherapy, looked on course to make a comeback this season.

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