Injured pair in the frame (January 22, 2007)



TOR CHITTINAND

Thailand's Datsakorn Thonglao and Nirut Surasiang are training with the squad in Hanoi and could be fit for the Asean Championship semi-final first leg against Vietnam on Wednesday.


Twenty-five players, along with manager Thavatchai Sajakul and coach Charnwit Phalajivin, are preparing for the match which will take place at My Dinh stadium.


Charnwit said the injured pair may figure in the game.


"Datsakorn has a back injury but he is training with us and so is Nirut, who has been suffering with an ankle problem," said the coach.


"If they can play then it will good news for the team because both can help us a lot." Thavatchai said the side was hoping for a draw, at least.


"If we cannot win then I am confident that we will not lose," he said.


Thailand and Vietnam have played three times in the Asean Championship, with Thailand winning twice and losing once.


Thailand played out a 2-2 draw with Vietnam in the Agribank Cup last year.


Vietnam coach Alfred Riedl admitted Thailand were a strong team.


"I am very worried about this game," he said.


"They have got many experienced players but we are in Vietnam and must think of winning the title.


"We must beat the Thai team in the first leg."


The weather in Hanoi is currently 10 degrees Celsius and rain is expected for Wednesday's clash. The return leg takes place in Bangkok on Sunday.


In the other semi-final, Singapore take on Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.