Home United coach Lim-Saeng Lee has travelled to Goa to face Churchill Brothers in a group E AFC Cup clash with only 14 players which highlights the injury crisis the Singaporean club is going through.
“We now have 8 injured players. That’s why now we have a problem and also after the last game (against DPMM FC), we left the following day in the evening for India. I think the fatigue will have increased. I hope the players recover faster. Now we are here with 14 players only,” said Lee.
The 42-year old mentioned that Lee Kwan Woo and Sinira Camara shall start on Tuesday against the Red Machines.
“One player from Japan (Bruno Castanheira) has suffered an ankle injury. Two Korean players (Lee Kwan Woo and Kwon Da-kyung), who stay in Singapore now, will play. Our young players will play with the senior players.”
Lee stated that he doesn’t have much information about their opponents but believes that they are a top side in India.
“We lost against Maldives (New Radiant) 1-0 and we drew 1-1 with Persipura (Jayapura). Now we are looking forward to play against India’s club. Frankly speaking I have never played against Indian side. I don’t have any information.
“Churchill Brothers are big team. They played well against Maldives. I think they are a good side. I want to respect the opponent but we hope to put a positive show for the football fans.”
With just three points from their opening three S-League matches, Home United haven’t made a great start to their campaign domestically. On being asked whether it would affect their form in the AFC Cup, Lee replied, “We have injuries but I don’t want to think about that. What we need is three points from Tuesday’s match and I want to do our best. Players need to get used to the weather and the pitch. We have no problem in these (humid) circumstances.”
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