JEFFREY Christiaens and Hikaru Minegishi will not be joining the Philippine men’s football squad in their trip to Dushanbe where the Azkals take on Tajikistan in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers on June 13.
The two, playing for Ceres and Global, respectively, sustained injuries in their friendly against China and were already sent back home to get further treatment.
Kaya’s Anton Ugarte, also initially part of the 23-man lineup for China and Tajikistan, likewise didn’t make the trip even before the friendly also owing up to injury.
Veteran striker Balot Doctora of Stallion Laguna was the late addition to the squad, though the 31-year-old pride of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo isn’t new to playing for the national team having six caps and a goal under his belt.
Joining him in flying to Tajikistan is Meralco Manila goalkeeper Ace Villanueva who was also included in the initial 23-man lineup but didn’t fly in for China.
Prolific marksman Javier Patino, who plays in the Chinese Super League for Henan Jianye, will also be available for action after missing their friendly against China.
If there’s any good news for the Azkals, Misagh Bahadoran, James Younghusband and Daisuke Sato look to be fit after also getting injury scares against China.
Younghusband and Sato had to subbed in the first half of that match while Bahadoran was stretchered off in the waning moments of the 8-1 blowouts while clutching on his knee.
Here is the full 21-men lineup for the match against Tajikistan.
1. Amani AGUINALDO (Global Cebu)
2. Fitch Johnson Daviz ARBOLEDA (Stallion Laguna)
3. Misagh BAHADORAN (Global Cebu)
4. Kenshiro Michael DANIELS (Kaya FC-Makati)
5. Dominic Liam DEL ROSARIO (Ilocos United)
6. Patrick Phillip DEYTO (Global Cebu)
7. Kevin INGRESO (Ceres Negros)
8. Jim Junior MUNOZ (Ceres Negros)
9. Nicholas O’DONNELL (Global Cebu)
10. Manuel OTT (Ceres Negros)
11. Iain RAMSAY (Ceres Negros)
12. Camelo TACUSALME (JPV Marikina)
13. Dennis VILLANUEVA (Global Cebu)
14. Nathanael Ace VILLANUEVA (Meralco Manila)
15. Luke WOODLAND (Ceres Negros)
16. James Joseph YOUNGHUSBAND (Meralco Manila)
17. Philip James YOUNGHUSBAND (Meralco Manila)
18. Mike Rigoberto OTT (Angthong United)
19. Javier PATIÑO (Henan Jianye)
20. Daisuke SATO (Iasi)
21. Ruben DOCTORA Jr. (Stallion Laguna)