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Thailand vs UAE team news & preview: Thitipan Puangchan officicially misses

Thailand vs UAE team news & preview: Thitipan Puangchan officicially misses

Let us come to the latest team news, preview as well as predictions ahead of clash between Thailand vs UAE in group G of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier (AFC).

According to the Thai press, the injury of midfielder Thitipan Puangchan is heavier than expected and he will have to take a break of at least 8 weeks.

After the match against Vietnam in the first round of Group G qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup (AFC), Thailand had to receive unhappy information when key midfielder Thititpan Puangchan had a serious injury. The player was then returned to the club to continue treatment and was unable to play a part in Thailand's 3-0 win over Indonesia afterward.

Initially, Thai doctors determined that Thititpan Puangchan had a torn thigh muscle, minor pain in the knee and would take about 4 weeks to fully recover. However, according to the latest information from the press of the Golden Temple country, the examination results in Japanese hospitals showed that Thitipan suffered a hamstring injury in his right leg. He will need a minimum of 8 weeks to recover from this injury.

This also means that Thitipan will almost certainly not be able to play in the next 3 matches in Thailand's FIFA World Cup qualifiers. It was the reception of the UAE on home soil (October 15) and two visits to the field of Malaysia (November 14th) and Vietnam (November 19th).

The absence of Thitipan Puangchan will be a huge loss for Thailand. In the tactical scheme of coach Akira Nishino, Thitipan Puangchan is ranked in the 8th position. With the support of the partner (usually Sarach Yooyen), Thitipan is free to move widely and rise to penetrate the penalty area. In the match against Vietnam at Thammasat Stadium, it was many times that Thitipan himself was the last destination of the attacking balls on the Thai side.

Thitipan Puangchan is one of the four players playing abroad in Thailand. He currently plays for Oita Trinita Club (8th in the Japanese league). Along with Chanathip Songkrasin and Theerathon Bunmathan, Thitipan Puangchan is an important factor that created the framework of Thailand under coach Akira Nishino.