Mora: No need to press panic button over missing skipper

PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) coach Benjamin Mora will not rush skipper Harris Harun’s return to the team.

The Singapore international has been missing from the training ground as he is still recovering from a knee injury.

Harris has only played two matches with the Southern Tigers this season – the 1-5 loss to Vissel Kobe in the AFC Champions League match on Feb 12 and the 1-0 win over Kedah in the Charity Shield on Feb 28.

Harris picked up the injury against Kedah and missed JDT’s next three Super League matches.

Mora said he will not lose sleep if Harris misses their opening match against bitter rivals Pahang in Kuantan on Aug 26.

“Harris is undergoing rehab after his surgery in Singapore. He has yet to join us as the borders are still closed,” said the Mexican.

“He’s been working hard to get back to full fitness.

“We don’t expect to see him soon as he needs more time to recover.

“We will look at his condition when the border reopens.

“He’s our captain and a key player but his well-being is more important. We will not rush him.”

JDT currently lead the 12-team standings with 10 points from four matches with three wins and a draw.

They are also involved in the Asian Champions League campaign which will resume on Oct 17.

Mora’s men are second in Group G with three points after two matches behind leaders Vissel who have six.

The other two teams – Guangzhou Evergrande and Suwon Bluewings – have yet to collect a point.

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