The Garena Young Lions have suffered a huge blow ahead of the S.League’s kick-off with Khairul Amri set to be out for two weeks.
The senior striker is suffering from a calf injury, and will miss the season-opener against Balestier Khalsa, as well as the match against Albirex Niigata (S).
Already tipped to finish last by many, Amri’s absence will undoubtedly make things harder for the Under-21 side.
While disappointed to miss the first two games, Amri told The New Paper he believes that his teammates can step up and prove that they have what it takes.
He also warned that the team must not take things lightly and “must play to win every game”.
“I’m disappointed because I know I have a big role to play in this team and I was hoping to not miss the game,” he said.
“I hope to take this team to as high a position as possible, help take the fear out of the team and make them fighters.
“But I’m positive because we have good players in the team. They have been training hard.
“We have good forwards like Fareez Farhan, Adam Swandi, Shameer Aziq, Muhaimin Suhaimi, Hazim Faiz, and Shafeeq Faruk.
“It is up to us to prove that we are more than a developmental team. We have nothing to lose, but I don’t want the boys to think that losing 1-0 to a senior side is a decent result. We must play to win every game.”