Captain and star midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai could miss the rest of the Southeast Asian Games after picking up an injury, bongdaplus.vn reports.
|Vietnam U22 captain Nquyen Quang Hai walks off injured early on in his side's 1-0 victory over Singapore last night. — Photo bongdaplus.vn|
The Hanoi FC man was hauled off injured early in the first half of Vietnam U22’s 1-0 victory over Singapore in Manila in Tuesday night.
Hai reportedly suffered a torn thigh muscle and is certain to miss tomorrow’s final Group B match with Thailand.
While the left-footed playmaker hasn’t officially been ruled out of the rest of the tournament, it looks unlikely he’ll be able to play again with fixtures coming thick and fast. The semi-finals are on Saturday and the finals scheduled for Tuesday.
Losing Hai would be a devastating blow for coach Park Hang-seo’s squad, given his status as possibly the best player in the entire tournament.
Hai has had an incredibly busy 2019, with deep runs in various competitions for his club side and turning out for the senior national team and underage teams at virtually every opportunity.
Vietnam will play Thailand today at 3pm (Hanoi time) in their final match of the group stage. Việt Nam News will live blog the match. — VNS
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