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City’s fit-again Shabir wins Pakistan recall
11:00am Friday 9th November 2012 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
SHABIR Khan is set to earn more international recognition after being called up by Pakistan.
The Worcester City defender, who can play either centre-half or left-back, is part of his nation’s squad travelling to Singapore for a FIFA ranking match on Monday, November 19.
Shabir is available for tomorrow’s FA Trophy match against Altrincham at St George’s Lane but is due to fly out on Tuesday ahead of a warm-up game against Singapore Under 21s next Friday.
He will miss City’s home Blue Square Bet North fixture against Workington next Saturday and the trip to Guiseley on Tuesday, November 20.
The 26-year-old was last called up by his country, the birthplace of his father, three years ago and he is eager to be involved again.
“It’s a great honour to go over and play,” Shabir said.
“It’s been a long time since the last time I was called up.
“They did contact me but that was when I was still recovering from my knee injury.
“I missed out then which I was disappointed with but now I am back fit again.
“With me not being in the City starting 11 at the moment it’s been easier to go and get games.”
Worcester manager Carl Heeley added: “It’s recognition for how far he’s come and I’m really pleased for him.”