|Hà Nội FC’s star defender Đoàn Văn Hậu is expected to start for the first time in the V.League 1 tonight after fully recovering from a knee injury. Photo:bongda24h.vn|
HCM CITY— Hà Nội FC’s star defender Đoàn Văn Hậu is expected to be back on the field tonight for the match against Sài Gòn FC at home at the Hàng Đẫy Stadium.
In the previous match against Viettel, the left back was on the bench but never came on as the coach was wary of rushing him back after an injury.
After a goalless draw against Viettel last Thursday, the defending champions are third with 33 points after 18 rounds, while Sài Gòn FC are in second place with 34 points.
Viettel remain on top with 35 points.
Hà Nội need to beat Sài Gòn to remain in touch with leader Viettel.
Coach Chu Đình Nghiêm said he did not want to rush Hậu since he is just coming back from a knee injury.
But with centre back Thành Chung suspended after receiving three yellow cards, it is likely that Hậu will be pressed into action tonight.
Hà Nội goalkeeper Bùi Tấn Trường said: “The suspension of Thành Chung is a big loss for us at this juncture. But I think Hậu can play well in that position.”
Indeed, Hậu’s comeback from injury is a big plus for the team at the business end of the league.
Hậu only returned to Việt Nam after his loan with Dutch club Heerenveen ended in early August.
But he has missed all the matches since returning because of the knee injury. VNS