Pipob passes late fitness test to rejoin Thailand squad

The War Elephants have been boosted by the return of their experienced striker after he recovered from an injury sustained earlier this month in pre-Suzuki Cup training

Thailand's AFF Suzuki Cup hopes were boosted on Tuesday after Pipob On-Mo rejoined his team-mates in training following recovery from a leg injury.

Pipob originally suffered from an inflammation on his right ankle and right toe during training at the beginning of the month, which caused him to withdraw from the 35-man preliminary squad.

However, the Chonburi FC talisman will now report back to the Thai training camp after passing a thorough medical check on Tuesday morning.

With only Teerasil Dangda and Napat Thamrongsupakorn the only match-fit forwards in the squad, the 33-year-old captain was called back by head coach Winfried Schafer despite questions over his fitness.

"From the medical analysis, his ankle has improved even though it is not in full condition, [and] there is a high chance that he can play in this tournament," they concluded.

Pipob has scored 14 goals for the Sharks this season, becoming the first player in the history of the club to score a century's worth of goals. He is to scheduled take part in training this evening.

Thailand will begin their Suzuki Cup campaign when they face the Philippines on November 24.