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Why coach Park Hang Seo excludes the best defender from the Vietnam U23 squad?

Why coach Park Hang Seo excludes the best defender from the Vietnam U23 squad?

Defender Tran Dinh Trong, one of the best Vietnamese centre-backs at the moment, was not included in the official squad list of Vietnam U23 team.

Since Park Hang Seo worked as the head coach of the Vietnam national football team and Vietnam U23 team, defender Tran Dinh Trong has always played a vital role in his tactical system.

Although he was not as high as other teammates, he was usually used as the central defender at the three-man defensive line of Vietnam teams.

Under the guidance of Park Hang Seo, Tran Dinh Trong played impressively at many tournaments namely the 2018 AFC U23 Championship, the 2018 Asian Games men's football event, and the 2018 AFF Cup.

However, after conquering the 2018 AFF Cup with the Vietnam team, Dinh Trong suffered from an ankle injury. Because of that, he missed the 2019 Asian Cup tournament in which the Vietnam team advanced to the quarter-finals.

A few months after recovering, he continued suffering a ligament injury, which made him undergo an operation in Singapore. Since June, Tran Dinh Trong has never played any matches.

Consequently, the disappearance of Tran Dinh Trong in the official squad list of Vietnam U23 team seemed that he has not fully recovered from injuries.

Using him might be a gamble, so coach Park Hang Seo decided to exclude him at the 2020 AFC U23 Championship. However, it did not mean that he would not use Dinh Trong in the future. He just waited for the day Dinh Trong was fully recovered to play normally again.