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Striker Darren Lok may be ruled out of Hong Kong-Malaysia clash

Malaysia’s mission to beat Hong Kong tonight just got a tad challenging – as they may have to make do without striker Darren Lok.

The Harimau Malaya squad are set to take on Hong Kong tonight in the 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers fixture. The Tigers are looking to clinch an away victory to boost their standings in Group B and make the final round in the United Arab Emirates.

They already had to leave two lethal forwards back home – Johor Darul Ta’zim’s Hazwan Bakri and PKNP’s Shahrel Fikri – both plagued by injury. That narrowed the option down to Darren Lok, who had to step up and make it work as the lone striker.

But things may not go as planned for head coach Nelo Vingada, as Darren Lok has been complaining about a sharp pain in his thigh since yesterday.

“Darren Lok is dealing with a light injury on his thigh, which is making it difficult for him to move fast, especially run.” Harian Metro quoted him as saying.

Aside from Darren Lok, Vingada also confirmed that Kiko Insa has also complained to the medical staff about pain in his calf area.

“What we can do now is adopt a different strategy, perhaps Baddrol Bakhtiar and Safiq Rahim can lead the attack. But we’ll see how Darren feels closer to the match.”

“No matter what strategy we go with, I’m still positive that our chances to rake points is still good. All the players have been training hard over the last few days, and I believe they will give their best during the match.” the coach added.

 

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Tags : 2019 Asia cup qualifiersDarren LokHazwan BakriSafiq RahimShahrel Fikri
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