Head coach Igor Stimac has made it clear that all the players in the team are available for selection in the match against Syria. So India can field the most important team. Fans are now waiting for the grand comeback of Malayalee midfielder Sahal Abdul Samad. Indications are that Sahal will play against Siri. Rahul KP, another Malayali star, is also likely to get a place in the starting eleven. Fans may also be able to see two Malayalis together in the Indian team. Let’s see India’s possible starting line-up for the match against Syria.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is likely to keep India’s goal against Syria, despite his average performances in the first two games. Experience and leadership skills will be good for the star. Nikhil Pujari will come in at the right back position. India’s superstars Sandesh Jingan and Rahul Bheke will line up in central defence. Fans are hoping for a better comeback from Jinkan who disappointed against Uzbekistan. Akash Mishra will join the team as left back.
Apuya has been a flawless performer this time in the Asian Games. Apuya will play against Siri as a central defensive midfielder. Suresh Singh Wangjam will also get a place as a central midfielder. He is likely to play in a box-to-box role in midfield.
Kerala Blasters’ Malayalam superstar Rahul KP is expected to play as a right winger. Rahul, who came in as a substitute in the previous games, was on the field for a short time, but he troubled the opponents with his pace. Brandon Fernandez will play as an attacking midfielder. Injured Sahl Abdul Samad is unlikely to make the starting XI, but he will come on as a substitute. So fans might get to see Rahul and Sahal play together after a while.
At the same time Navoram Mahesh Singh will start on India’s left wing against Syria. Sunil Chhetri, who is also the captain, will play as a striker. The fans are waiting to see the legendary star Chhetri once again become the successful architect of India.
India’s probable starting line-up: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (goalkeeper), Nikhil Pujari, Sandesh Jinkan, Rahul Bheke, Akash Mishra, Apuya, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Rahul KP, Brandon Fernandes, Mahesh Singh Navoram, Sunil Chhetri.
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