Andik to miss second leg of AFF Suzuki Cup final

Indonesia will be without winger Andik Vermansah for the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final on Saturday after he was diagnosed with an ACL injury.

Andik suffered the injury in the first leg of the final in Bogor on Wednesday and had to be strechered off in the 20th minute.

The 25-year-old underwent scans which showed a slight tear in his ACL and he is likely to be sidelined for three to six weeks.

“The result of the MRI scan has shown that Andik has a tear on his ACL. He now needs to recuperate for three to six weeks,” team doctor Syarif Alwi Maruapey said. “For now his condition is okay, and he will still leave for Bangkok with the team.”

Since Andik’s ACL injury is less severe than those usually sustained by footballers, he will not be required to go under the knife.

“It is only a small tear, and we will have him undergo conservative treatment for three weeks,” Syarif added.

Indonesia hold a 2-1 lead going into the second leg in Bangkok, and should they triumph, they will be crowned AFF Suzuki Cup champions for the first time.

Thailand, meanwhile, will be looked to bounce back from their shock loss in the first leg and win the tournament for a record-breaking fifth time.

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