Illness, injury shrinking Viet Nam football team

Midfielder Pham Manh Hung's calf injury may sideline him during the upcoming Viet Nam vs Laos match this Sunday. Photo tinthethao

Midfielder Pham Manh Hung's calf injury may sideline him during the upcoming Viet Nam vs Laos match this Sunday. Photo tinthethao

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam may not have midfielder Pham Manh Hung in their next SEA Games match against Laos.

Hung injured his right calf during a match against Singapore on Tuesday. He has been under intensive care for three days, but doctors said if he does not improve today, he could not play on Sunday.

It is expected that Que Ngoc Hai will replace him in the line-up.

Another loss for the team was right defender Quang Hung, who reportedly is suffering from a high temperature and flu, which prevented him from training yesterday.

Hung is one of the key members of the team, according to coaches. His absence would create a hole in Viet Nam’s defence, although defender Dinh Hoang is being asked to take over for Hung.

Viet Nam, after one win and one loss, has three points and ranks second in Group A. – VNS

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