Star midfielder Hassan Abdulfattah will miss Jordan’s crunch World Cup-Asian Cup qualifier in Kyrgyzstan this evening through injury.
With Jordan atop of Group B, victory would guarantee them a top two finish at this initial qualifying stage, but losing the Qatari-based Abdulfattah is a big blow.
The match kicks off in Bishkek City at 4pm (Jordan time) and coach Paul Put said ahead of the game that the only change he will make to the team that stunned Australia last month is replacing his midfield star.
“It will not be easy,” said Put: “We have come here to win against a very good Kyrgyzstan team that must also win to stay in with a chance of qualifying.”
Kyrgyzstan’s Russian coach, Alex Christen, said his side is also confident of victory despite defeat to Australia in their last match.