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The Singapore Under-23 coach is optimistic of the LionsXII winger’s chance of making it into the SEA Games squad after injuring his hamstring in a 1-1 draw against Hougang United

When Gabriel Quak injured his hamstring in a 1-1 friendly draw against Hougang United last Wednesday, there were fears that he would not recover in time for the SEA Games.

The winger, who has mostly been used as a substitute this season for the LionsXII, showed his value to the national team after scoring the match-winning goal with his first touch of the ball against Syria in a 2-1 victory at the Jalan Besar Stadium last month.

The 22-year-old was said to be in tears at the thought of missing out on the competition in December, but is more hopeful now after a recent scan showed that his hamstring injury was only a strain.

Singapore Under-23 coach Aide Iskandar is confident his star winger will recover in time to make the trip to Myanmar.

“Im still waiting on Gabriel,” Aide said after his side’s narrow 1-0 win over Cambodia on Sunday evening.

“So far it’s been good, we are monitoring him very closely. He’s done his PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment.

“He looks good and he’s feeling very positive. We are also waiting anxiously to see how he goes next week when he goes for the checkup with the doctor.”

Aide’s update on Quak came after he was asked about the final squad he would bring to Myanmar. The former Singapore captain will decide on his final 23 players by Monday and will have until December 7, one day before Singapore’s SEA games campaign begins, to decide on his final 20.

“80% is the team that I want,” he said of the team that played against Cambodia.

“For now, I’m going to cut to 23, and I will leave it open maybe until we get a result about Gabriel and also a couple of players who are down with fever.

“Hopefully I’m able to bring the best 20 players who are 100% fit to play.”