|Striker Nguyễn Công Phượng carries striker Nguyễn Văn Toàn on his back after the match with Cambodia at the AFF Cup on November 24. — Photo laodong.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese striker Nguyễn Văn Toàn has been ruled out of the rest of the ongoing AFF Suzuki Cup due to injury.
Toàn of V.League 1’s Hoàng Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) injured his knee during a training session ahead of his team’s match against Cambodia on November 24.
According to doctors, Toàn will need at least six weeks to recover.
Toàn, 22, has only played one game in this year’s regional tournament against Myanmar on November 20. He had the ball in the back of the net during that game but it was ruled out for offside, a decision that experts and fans have criticised.
“Toàn is still young so he needs to get stronger. Saying goodbye to the event will be a sad time for him, but in football, anything can happen,” said Đoàn Nguyên Đức, HAGL’s boss.
“We asked head coach Park Hang-seo for him to be treated in South Korea and we are waiting for an answer,” Đức added.
Two other HAGL players, midfielders Nguyễn Tuấn Anh and Vũ Văn Thanh, are also being treated in South Korea. — VNS