Tristan unlikely to be fit for Singapore clash

Thailand defender Tristan Do has been listed as doubtful for his side’s AFF Suzuki Cup match against Singapore on Tuesday due to a thigh injury.

Tristan suffered the injury during the War Elephants’ 4-2 win over Indonesia on Saturday in the opening match of the tournament.

Thailand coach Kiatisak Senamuang confirmed that even if Tristan is ruled out of the match against Singapore, he has adequate replacements.

“We will have to keep an eye on Tristan’s recovery and I am not sure if he will be available for the Singapore match,” he said. “If he cannot recover in time, then we have other players who can replace him. Sarawut Masuk and Adisorn Promrak can both play on the right wing.”

Captain Theerathon Bunmathan only featured in the second half of Thailand’s victory over Indonesia and Kiatisak has said that should the defender pass a fitness test, he will more than likely be included in the starting line-up against the Lions.

“Theerathon played for some time in the second half of the match against Indonesia and he should be available for the next game, but we will need to check on his fitness again,” the Thailand coach added.

Singapore will come into the match on the back of a goalless draw against co-hosts the Philippines. Even though the Lions were unable to get the result they desired, Kiatisak was still impressed with their performance, especially as they were reduced to 10 men in the 35th minute.

“They [Singapore] are a strong team. They were left with 10 men on the field in the first half, but were still able to keep the Philippines scoreless,” he said. “They were very good in the air.

“We have to prepare ourselves for this especially. The Singaporean wingers cross the ball very well and it was our inability to deal with such lobs that made us concede two goals in the first game against Indonesia.”