Vietnam national team start training in UAE

By Lam Thoa   October 2, 2021 | 04:37 pm GMT+7
After arriving in the UAE, Vietnam began training on Friday night to prepare for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against China.
Vietnam national team start training in UAE

It took six hours of flight and two hours of Covid-19 testing for the team to finally arrive at the hotel. In the evening, the players started training.

Vietnam national team start training in UAE

In this training session, the players only had to do light work and basic exercises after travelling a long way. Vietnam played three games of the second round of World Cup qualifiers here back in June so they are familiar with the weather.

Vietnam national team start training in UAE

Keeper Bui Tan Truong will most likely start in the China clash, as main keeper Dang Van Lam had a shoulder injury and will have to sit out for four months.

Vietnam national team start training in UAE

Keeper Tran Nguyen Manh was also called up because of Lam’s injury. Manh was in excellent form last season, helping Viettel FC to win the V. League title.

Vietnam national team start training in UAE

The team also welcomed back forward Nguyen Cong Phuong, one of its key players. Phuong was absent in September when Vietnam lost 1-3 to Saudi Arabia and 0-1 to Australia, as his wife gave birth to their first child.

Vietnam national team start training in UAE

Two key full-backs Doan Van Hau and Nguyen Trong Hoang are absent due to injuries, with Ho Tan Tai considered a replacement.

Vietnam national team start training in UAE

After receiving a red card in the Saudi Arabia game, center-back Do Duy Manh was suspended in the clash with Australia. He has since returned and is ready to face China.

Vietnam national team start training in UAE

Center-back Bui Tien Dung has recovered from injury.

Vietnam national team start training in UAE

Another defender, Nguyen Thanh Chung, has also recovered after suffering a 12-centimeter muscle tear in the game with Australia.

Vietnam national team start training in UAE

One of the most important players on the team, Nguyen Quang Hai, is fully fit. He managed to score a beauty in the Saudi Arabia clash.

Vietnam national team start training in UAE

Nguyen Tien Linh is the best option for striker at present.

Vietnam national team start training in UAE

After warming up, the squad were split into two teams that played each other.

Vietnam national team start training in UAE

The game between Vietnam and China will take place at 12 a.m. on Oct. 8 (Hanoi time). After that, the team will go to Oman to play the host on Oct. 12.

 
 
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