Five-time world champion Lin Dan of China does not want national shuttler Lee Chong Wei to be too concerned with his badminton career right now.
Instead, the two-time Olympic gold medallist, wants his long time nemesis to focus on recovering, after news broke last week of the Malaysian suffering from early stage nasal cancer.
Chong Wei, 36, is currently in Taiwan seeking treatment, and is expected to return home later this month.
Speaking to the media in China, the 35-year-old Lin Dan said: "Body health is the first priority. It is not important when you return to the game. "First of all, I wish Chong Wei can recover as soon as possible." Earlier, other top shuttlers including world No 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark flooded social media with well wishes for the Malaysian No 1.
On Saturday, the BA of Malaysia (BAM) confirmed Chong Wei was diagnosed with cancer, ending weeks of speculation over the shuttler's illness.
Sport first reported in July that Chong Wei was suffering from a career-ending illness, after he withdrew from the World Championships in Nanjing, China and the Indonesia Asian Games last month.
After clinching a record 12th Malaysia Open title in July, Chong Wei went on to reach the semi-finals of the Indonesia Open a week later in Jakarta, his last tournament before seeking treatment.