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Thailand U22 face huge losses as young stars injured just before SEA Games

Thailand U22 face huge losses as young stars injured just before SEA Games

Recently, the Thai Football Federation has announced that rising young star Ekanit Panya cannot attend the upcoming SEA Games 30th due to injury.

Only a few days ahead of SEA Games 30th men's soccer, Thailand U22 had to receive bad news from the rising young star - Ekanit Panya.

The 20-year-old midfielder of U22, as well as the Thai national team, has suffered a right knee injury when attending the match against Vietnam in the 2022 World Cup qualifying round. According to the Thai doctor, Ekanit Panya will have to go to the operating table on November 25th. If the surgery is successful, the player will have to take 2 months to fully recover from the injury.

This is a huge loss for Thailand U22 as Ekanit Panya and Supachok are the two stars who are expected to shine brightly at the upcoming SEA Games 30th. The performance of Ekanit Panya is very good when he has just won the Thai League 1 2019 season with Chiangrai United. Not only that, but he is also the player who scored the winning goal against the UAE in the FIFA World Cup qualifier.

As Ekanit Panya cannot attend SEA Games 30, Thailand U22 will have to play with 19 players. This is because according to the rules of the host Philippines, each team can only replace the injured player in the goalkeeper position so that coach Akira Nishino will not be able to add players to replace Ekanit in the upcoming SEA Games.

In just over a day, Thailand U22 received 2 losses in defense and attack. Earlier, defender Marco Ballini suffered a knee ligament injury during training to prepare for SEA Games 30th.

With the loss of Ekanit Panya, along with the decision not to use two over U22 years old players of coach Akira Nishino, Thailand U22 will face numerous difficulties in the goal of defending the SEA Games men's football gold medal.

The first match of Thailand U22 will be the confrontation with Indonesia U22 on November 26th.