Pahang’s large number of key casualties giving Dollah sleepless nights


Crocked: Dickson Nwakaeme (left) is one of the players on the injured list.

PETALING JAYA: Half a dozen key players are on the crock list and it is giving coach Dollah Salleh sleepless nights in his preparation for next month’s Malaysia Cup competition.

Pahang are currently seventh in the Super League standings with 14 points after ending their fixture of 11 matches but have to wait for the outcome of the game between UiTM and Sabah, which has been postponed to Oct 31, to know their final position in the league.

Right now their main concern is getting the injured players to recover as soon as possible for next month’s Cup competition.

After their 1-2 defeat to Terengganu in their last game of the season, wingers Faisal Halim and Zuhair Aizat and midfielder Adam Reed were injured.

Other players on the injury list are striker Dickson Nwakaeme, centreback Herold Goulon and leftback R. Dinesh.

Faisal, 22, is hopeful that he can recover quickly so that he can return to action and help Pahang in the Malaysia Cup.

In the game against Terengganu, the player fondly known as Mickey, suffered an ankle injury.

The youngster eased concerns over his injury by saying it was not serious and he should recover soon.

Faisal said he did not want to miss the Malaysia Cup action as he wants to help the Elephants make the final.

“I am at 80% at the moment in terms of recovery. I believe it will take a week for me to get back to full recovery. For now, I am really focused on getting myself fit again,” said Faisal, a former Penang player.

“I am hopeful that the other injured players would return to full fitness soon. We need them for the Malaysia Cup campaign. Some of them are back training on the pitch.

“As for me, I am only doing runs at the moment because I am still worried about my injury.

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