Paulo Rangel in a file photo. The striker, who leads the Super League Golden Boot race with six goals, has picked up a knee injury.
PETALING JAYA: A weakened Selangor will be happy to come away with just a point in their AFC Cup Group F match against leaders Hanoi T&T at the Hanoi Stadium on Wednesday.
The Red Giants are expected to field an under-strength side as their three key players are injured. They are ace striker Paulo Rangel (knee), goalkeeper Mohd Farizal Marlias (ankle) and nippy Indonesian winger Andik Vermansyah (hamstring).
Selangor coach Mehmet Durakovic said there was little he could do with the team since they arrived in Hanoi on Monday.
“We have players carrying injuries and some are tired. Under such circumstances, the players have been confined to doing light training since we arrived in Hanoi on Monday,” Durakovic was quoted as saying on www.FASELANGOR.my on Tuesday.
He said that some of his men have been playing non-stop, including skipper Bunyamin Umar and S. Kunalan.
“Our target is to win but it won’t be easy ... we have three games this week. After our game in Hanoi, we’ll return to play Kelantan in Shah Alam. It’s hard on the team and I don’t have a big squad. I have to make do with the players available,” said Durakovic.
The biggest setback would be the absence of Brazil’s Rangel, who leads the Super League Golden Boot race with six goals. He has also scored a goal each in the FA Cup and AFC Cup competitions.
One of these three – A. Thamil Arasu, Ahmad Hazwan Bakri and Abdul Hadi Yahya – is likely to replace him.
Hanoi T&T lead the four-team standings with six points after wins over Maziya SC (5-1) and Arema FC (3-1). Selangor are next with two points after identical 1-1 draws against Arema FC and Maziya SC.
Arema FC and Maziya SC are tied with one point each.