Vietnam face defense crisis in Australia clash as injury strikes again

By Lam Thoa   September 5, 2021 | 08:48 pm PT
Vietnam face defense crisis in Australia clash as injury strikes again
Defenders Tran Dinh Trong (L) and Do Duy Manh will be absent in Vietnam's next match with Australia. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa
Another key defender, Tran Dinh Trong, will be absent with injury for Vietnam’s match in final World Cup qualifying round against Australia in Hanoi on Tuesday.

He has torn a thigh muscle and will need at least four weeks to recover, according to the doctor.

Some key players at the back like Bui Tien Dung and Doan Van Hau were already out with injuries when the news came, while Do Duy Manh is suspended after getting a red card in the previous match against Saudi Arabia.

Coach Park Hang-seo has called up two young defenders, Tran Van Kien and Bui Hoang Viet Anh.

Trong is considered one of the country’s top defenders but has been plagued by injuries since 2019.

A fracture in the right foot made him miss the 2019 Asian Cup. After recovery, he returned to play in the V. League but an anterior cruciate ligament injury put him out for the rest of the year. He played in the 2020 AFC U23 Championship but the injury relapsed and he missed the whole of 2020.

Trong was not fully fit in the match against Saudi Arabia last Friday, but had to play after Manh was sent off in the second half.

Vietnam are playing in the final World Cup qualification round for the first time in history, facing Australia, China, Japan, Oman and Saudia Arabia.

They lost 1-3 to Saudi Arabia in their first match of the round on Sept. 3.

The match between Vietnam and Australia at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi will kick off at 7 p.m. (Hanoi time), and will be reported live on VnExpress International.

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