PETALING JAYA: National Under-23 coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee will check with the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) if striker Shafiq Shaharuddin can be re-instated into his 30-man training squad for the Singapore SEA Games.
Kim Swee was forced to drop Shafiq after the 20-year-old picked up a knee injury. The coach then registered 27 players.
Shafiq injured his left knee after colliding with a team-mate in a friendly against the Myanmar Under-22 side in Yangon on March 22 and was ruled our for between five and six weeks.
The injury saw him miss the AFC Under-23 qualifiers in March. He was also ruled out from Malaysia’s campaign in the Singapore SEA Games, which starts on May 30.
But the lethal striker has shrugged off his injury earlier than expected and featured for Johor Darul Ta’zim II in their last two Premier League matches.
“I was told that he wouldn’t be able to recover in time for the SEA Games, so I dropped him. But he’s okay now and is back playing,” said Kim Swee after the national Under-23 team’s training session at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya on Sunday.“I’ll check with the OCM if we can register Shafiq in the training list again. I hope we can.”
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