Cong Phuong’s injury recurrence causes concern for coach Troussier

“Vietnamese Team Faces Injury Setbacks Ahead of World Cup Qualifiers Against Indonesia”

The Vietnamese national football team is facing significant challenges ahead of their upcoming matches against Indonesia in Group F of the 2026 World Cup Asian qualifying round this March. Several key players, including goalkeeper Dang Van Lam, defender Doan Van Hau, and striker Pham Tuan Hai, are currently sidelined due to injuries. The latest setback came when striker Nguyen Cong Phuong suffered a recurring ankle injury, preventing him from participating in a recent training session.

Coach Philippe Troussier expressed his concerns about the mounting injury issues within the team as they prepare to face Indonesia at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in front of a passionate home crowd. With only four days left until the crucial match, the absence of key players like Cong Phuong poses a significant challenge for the Vietnamese side.

Despite his limited playing time at Yokohama, Cong Phuong’s inclusion in the national team squad came as a surprise to many. Coach Troussier’s personal visit to Japan to observe the 1995-born players seems to have influenced his decision to call up the talented striker for the upcoming matches.

The Vietnamese team is scheduled to depart for Indonesia on March 19, where they will have two more training sessions in Jakarta before the first leg encounter against the Indonesian team on March 21. With the clock ticking and a string of injuries affecting their squad, Coach Troussier and his players face a tough test as they aim to secure positive results in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Despite the challenges they are currently facing, the Vietnamese team remains determined to put up a strong fight against Indonesia and showcase their capabilities on the international stage. As the pressure mounts and the stakes are raised, all eyes will be on how Coach Troussier’s side handles the adversity and rises to the occasion in their quest for World Cup qualification.

Denis Hardin

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