Navi Mumbai, India (December 14, 2015) – Navi Mumbai Sabers right guard Melroy Martins suffered an injury during an evening practice session at the Palava Titans Football Turf Ground. Martins underwent MRI screening that revealed a lower 1/3rd fibula shaft fracture and medial malleolus fracture with ankle dislocation.
Martins was admitted to the hospital upon request from team physical therapist, Dr. Niraj Karamchandani, and underwent surgery on December 1, 2015. Martins will be on bed and then undergo rehabilitation. Dr. Karamchandani reported, “At present, Melroy is at home and advised to do some general exercises to avoid complications before beginning rehabilitation in the coming weeks.” Martins will not play in the upcoming season, which is the inaugural season for the Navi Mumbai Sabers.
However, Melroy Martins will return to the field as the Assistant Coach for the Navi Mumbai Sabers. Martins’ focus will be on player position fundamentals and team game preparation. The assistant coach is responsible for conducting practice and instructing professional athletes in game strategies and techniques. Martins studied at Goa University Mumbai University, where he played soccer and volleyball. Melroy has had the opportunity to learn the game of American football in the United States training with noble coaches in the sport, such as Mike Philmore.
Head coach, Preetesh Balyaya noted, “Melroy has a passion for the game and is an important part of the Sabers family. When our owner, Don Thompson, approved the decision to promote him to assistant coach after his injury, I was excited about what he will bring to the team. Melroy was a great player on the field and now as a coach, he will be able to bring that same level of intensity to the sidelines.” Balyaya and Martins both played for the Mumbai Gladiators in the league’s first season before being promoted to coaching level for the Navi Mumbai Sabers.
Martins conveyed his excitement about the opportunity to getting back on the field in this new capacity to support his team.