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    Big blow to Azkals as Juani Guirado injury could sideline him for remainder of AFF Suzuki Cup

    Nov 25, 2014

    HANOI — The Philippine men’s football team may have won against Indonesia to clinch a semifinal berth in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup, but the Azkals is expected to miss a defensive stalwart the rest of the tournament due to an injury.

    Starting center-back Juani Guirado suffered a pulled right hamstring early in the 4-0 shutout that could sideline him for rest of the competition.

    [See Azkals book ticket to Suzuki Cup semis with stunning shutout of Indonesia]

    Azkals coach Thomas Dooley expects the Filipino-Spanish defender to be absent for “two to three weeks” but fears worse.

    “It could even be four weeks,” the German-American mentor said of Guirado, who skipper Rob Gier replaced just 14 minutes into the match.

    The first leg of the semifinals kicks off in the first week of December and the first match of the finals set on December 17.

    Dooley said super-sub turned starter Patrick Reichelt also twisted his knee, “so we have to find out how bad that is.”

    “Definitely we will change some players,” Dooley added. “Players are going to get a chance to play. But I have faith in everyone we have here. Everyone will get a chance to play, but it doesn’t mean we don’t want to win.”

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