Melbourne: Melbourne Victory’s Robbie Kruse will miss the remainder of the A-League season, but coach Grant Brebner believes the AFC Asian Cup winner’s injury-enforced absence will give the club’s young players the opportunity to shine as the former champions return to action on Saturday.
Victory languish in 10th place in the 11-team A-League standings and make their first appearance since the post-COVID-19 shutdown when they face Western United harbouring slim hopes of breaking into the top six to secure a place in the Championship playoffs.
But Melbourne, who are also playing in the 2020 AFC Champions League, will have to face Mark Rudan’s side without the former Bayer Leverkusen man, who picked up an injury to his left knee that means he will play no part in what remains of the campaign.
Teams, star players, coaches: All you need to know about CSL 2020
Hong Kong: China PR's top flight will become the latest of Asia's leagues to return to action when the Chinese Super League kicks off on Saturday after an extended delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 season was originally scheduled to begin in late February but postponed before a ball was kicked; however, a rejigged version with two groups of eight teams will begin on Saturday, with Group A based in Dalian and Group B in Suzhou.
Each side will play the other teams in their group twice before those finishing in the top four progress to a knockout round Championship Stage to decide the 2020 Chinese Super League winners, with the bottom four entering into a Relegation Stage where they will face off in a bid to avoid dropping into the second tier.
Dhaka: “We have to be realistic,” Bangladesh head coach Jamie Day said last year before the start of the second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, in which they were drawn in Group E alongside four stronger opponents.
Despite commendable performances in their four games to date, the South Asian side have picked up just a solitary point – from last October’s meeting with India.
In a recent interview with FIFA.com, Day insisted his side could have collected more points given their solid showing thus far in the group stage.
Kuala Lumpur: It's that time of the week when the-AFC.com looks back at some of the finest goals the AFC Cup has witnessed over the years, with the latest '5 of the Best' taking in chips, lobs and scoops.
Pinto: I am passionate about taking UAE to the World Cup
Dubai: Jorge Luis Pinto will not be stepping into the unknown as head coach of the United Arab Emirates national team, with the Colombian having done his homework prior to meeting the squad on Tuesday.
In fact, the former Honduras and Costa Rica head coach is determined to leave a lasting legacy on UAE football, with qualification for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 his immediate target.
Pinto, speaking during his official presentation on Wednesday, said he is confident he will be able to steer UAE in the direction they desire.