Chan Vathanaka set to miss a friendly match with Malaysia – Coach Hao Socheat confirms

It’s a big blow for Cambodia as their star forward Chan Vathanaka is set to miss an international friendly match with Malaysia at home due to injury if according to Boeung Ket coach Hao Socheat.

Cambodia will play their first international friendly match at the National Olympic Stadium on September 10th under the direct coaching of the Argentinian man, Felix, who has arrived in Cambodia for several weeks.

Chan Vathanaka, who returned to Boeung Ket in the second round of the Metfone Cambodian League after being released by Malaysian outfit Pahang, picked up a knee injury in the three-time champions’ 2-2 draw with JFL of Japan in an international club friendly match at the National Olympic Stadium on August 5th.

Since his return to Boeung Ket, Chan Vathanaka has featured in very few league matches for the club, with Coach Hao Socheat pointing out that the forward was not fit enough due to a slight injury and lack of stamina.

However, the 24-year-old forward was deployed in Boeung Ket’s 2-2 draw with the Japanese side early this month, when he picked up a knee injury that has kept him out of Boeung Ket’s several league fixtures.

The former Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng youngster’s injury is getting better from day to day after receiving a great care from Boeung Ket’s physio, but he is unlikely to get fit on time for Cambodia’s international friendly match with Malaysia.

Coach Hao Socheat told TheMorning: “He [Chan Vathanaka] picked up an injury with his left knee when Boeung Ket played a friendly match with the Japanese outfit. Our club’s physio is taking care of him. His injury is getting better, but he needs to train more to get fully fit.

“So I think he may not get fit on time for Cambodia’s international friendly match with Malaysia.”

Chan Vathanka produced an impressive performance in Cambodia’s 3-2 loss to Malaysia in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup group stage, with the forward scoring a brace to take Cambodia the lead twice before Malaysia came from behind to secure a hard-earned win.

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