Awal: I’m 80 per cent fit

Awal damaged a ligament in his right knee and had to be substituted off after 20 minutes during South China's 1-0 win over Pahang in Malaysia last month. 

Even though he has been working hard to get back to full fitness, it is unlikely that the Cameroonian will feature in Wednesday's game at Mong Kok Stadium. 

"My mind says I want to play and also my heart," Awal told the South China Morning Post. "But it all depends on the condition of my body. 

"I am about 80 per cent fit and it's up to the boss to make his decision."

To make matters worse for South China, they are likely to be without striker Daniel McBreen too as he is recovering from the flu. 

As a result of this, it is likely that Chan Siu-ki and Lam Hok-hei will play up front during the match. 

South China coach Mario Gomez admitted that his side will be at a disadvantage without Awal and McBreen.

"They are both important players but sometimes you have to face reality," Gomez said. "The team is making good progress, although I would say there is still room for some improvement."