KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 – South Korean midfielder Lee Chang-hoon and Brazilian forward Sandro Mendonca are out of the team when leaders Sarawak United face lowly Police at Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka in Friday’s Premier League match.
The duo are kayoed after picking up the injuries when Sarawak United played FAM-MSN Project in their last match at the same venue last weekend.
The Golden Hornbills registered a massive 7-1 win to take over as the new leaders of the second-tier league.
”The two have not recovered from their injuries and I am not taking the risk of playing them against Police.
“I don’t want them to aggravate their injuries as I need them for coming matches,” said Elavarasan during the team’s training session at the Hang Tuah Stadium.
After the match against Police, Sarawak United has an important away match against strong challengers Negri Sembilan at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi. This is on April 24.
For the match against Police, Sarawak United, however, will have the services of Australian defender Taylor Regan, Nigerian hitman Uche Agba and international Norshahrul Idlan Talaha.
”Every player is a pillar in the team. However, who plays in the first team is done on merit. A lot of factors have to be taken into account and match strategies,” added Elavarasan after confirming that the Chang-hoon and Sandro are out of the team.
In the same breath, Elavarasan does not want any of his players to be “overconfident” in any match, adding that “no match is won or lost till the final whistle is blown.”
Agba leading scorer in the Premier League with eight goals. He scored four against FAM-MSN Project.