No Sun for China in Asian Cup qualifier against Syria
A thigh injury will sideline Chinese defender Sun Xiang during his
team's Asian Cup qualifier against Syria, state media reported Sunday,
in the latest setback for China's beleaguered national side.
The Austria Vienna full back, 26, first injured himself in September
and said he was upset he would not recover before China plays Syria away
on January 14, the Xinhua news agency reported. "What a disappointment.
I had expected I would be fit enough for the Asian Cup qualifier but
as a soccer player you never know what injury is waiting for you," he
was quoted as saying. Sun's absence will further weaken a defence that
conceded five goals during the last three warm-up games, Xinhua said.
The team is training in Shanghai before the Syria match-up.
"Sun is an excellent player and we need his service as our defence is
far from solid but he did not recover from the nagging injury, so we
have to rest him," coach Yin Tiesheng said.
Yin is hoping to rebuild a national side that has already crashed out
of the early qualifying rounds of World Cup 2010 and which also includes
players from a Beijing Olympic squad that failed to win a match before
the home crowd.
SHANGHAI, Monday (AFP)