Former S.League star Mohd Noor Ali will come out of retirement to play for Geylang International when they take on Albirex Niigata (S) tonight at the Jurong East Stadium.
The former Singapore International, who is currently the assistant coach to Vedhamuthu Kanan at the Eagles, will lace up his boots once again due to an injury crisis at Bedok Stadium.
Geylang will travel to face the Japanese side without long-term injury victims Delwinder Singh, Fabian Kwok and Khairulnizam Jumahat, while Kanan will also have to do without suspended captain and top scorer Jozef Kaplan.
"We have a lot of injuries, about seven, plus Jozef’s suspension," the Eagles coach explained.
"In fact tomorrow, I have one Prime League player starting, including Noor Ali [as well]. So that’s why I had to rush to sign him.
"We just registered him today. We are allowed to register [him] because [one of my players], Amy Recha, went to [serve in the] army; once someone goes to the army, you are allowed to register [a replacement] any time."
Kanan added that Noor Ali, who has played for Tampines Rovers, Hougang United, Warriors FC, Woodlands Wellington as well as Geylang in a playing career that spanned around 13 years, will be deployed at right midfield.
"At 38 years old I think his experience will add a lot of value to the team," he said.
"I don’t expect him to play 90 minutes of football; if he can give me a good 45 minutes I think it will be good for the team, and I have a super substitute like Andrew Tan to play in the second half."