Saturday, 16 October 2010

Injury worries at the back?

Muangthong may face a minor defensive crisis over the next few games as a recent spate of injuries and other problems take their toll.

Nattaporn "oat" Panrit (pictured right) was taken into an ambulance after the match against Pichit last Thursday, adding to the growing list of unavailable players.

Club captain Jetsada Jitsawad has been notably absent from the first team since the game against Army although I understand injury is not the problem in his case.                                                                              
With two regular centre backs unavailable, the next logical choice to partner Panupong would seem to be new boy Coulibly Abdoul (pictured right). Coulibly is actually a deep midfielder but he showed his versatility by playing as centre back against Air Force United and scoring a hat-trick into the bargain. Too bad he is also out, recovering from an operation.
Nawapol Tantranseni (pictured left) remains the final option but he seems to have settled into a slightly more attacking role this season.

But even allowing for Nawapol's selection, who would provide emergency cover should another injury or suspension occur? An emergency loan may be an option but at this  stage of the season which clubs would be willing to lend? Dawudah Walumpah of Rajpracha would appear to be an ideal form of cover but it is unlikely Raj would want to risk lending him as they fight for their own survival. Then again, perhaps MTU could find ways of persuasion?

The only other viable choice in my opinion could be Nonthaburi FC, whose season is already over. Former international Janewit Boonsawan (pictured right) would make great cover in my view, but would Rene be willing to gamble on a Division 2 player, albeit an accomplished, respected and experienced one?

Whatever the solution, I have faith in the squad and management of the club to get it sorted. The blip is behind us. Fortress Yamaha remains impregnable. 

Picture credits: except Janewit (

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