|Nguyễn Tiến Linh is carried off the pitch after sustaining an ankle injury. — Photo zadn.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Striker Nguyễn Tiến Linh has dropped out of the U23 team following an ankle injury.
Linh is one of six strikers called by South Korean coach Park Hang Seo for the national U23 team for the final round of the 2018 Asian Football Federation (AFC) U23 Championship.
Linh of Bình Dương was named to the U23 squad because of his outstanding performance at the National U21 Football Championship.
During a training session on December 2, he sustained an ankle injury and was forced to suspend practice.
Doctors said Linh needs at least two weeks to recover so coach Park allowed him to leave the team and return to his club.
Other injured players including Nguyễn Tuấn Anh, Bùi Tiến Dũng and Trần Hữu Đông Triều have recovered and began training with the team yesterday.
To prepare for the AFC event, Việt Nam will hone their skills through the M-150 international friendly tournament held in Thailand on December 9-15 in which Việt Nam are grouped with U23 Myanmar and Uzbekistan.
After this event, Việt Nam will play a friendly match against South Korea’s Ulsan Huyndai club, who are fourth in the K-League Classic 2017, in Hà Nội on December 21. — VNS