Malaysia's chief deep-lying forward, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, was missing from the team's training session on Tuesday and his strike partner, Safee Sali confirmed that Norshahrul was at the hospital to get medical treatment due to headache.
"He is suffering from a headache and is currently receiving treatment at the hospital,"Safee told Astro Arena.
"I hope that he will recover in time,"
He went on to add that he is ready to play with any striker who will step into Norshahrul's shoes: "We have a strong reserve forward line. Baddrol (Bakhtiar) and Hazwan (Bakri) will be able to play upfront and I am ready to play alongside anyone that the coach chooses."
Safee's confidence in the reserve forwards bodes well with easing the anxiety felt by Malaysian football fans after a dismal 3-0 defeat to Singapore in the AFF Suzuki Cup opener on Sunday night.