Azkals without Schrock, Etheridge for UAE friendly

Philippines will be without playmaker Stephan Schrock and goalkeeper Neil Etheridge when they take on United Arab Emirates in a friendly on November 9.

A 20-man roster for the clash, which will take place at the Zayed Sports City Stadium, was announced on Thursday, with Schrock, who plays for Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt, and Fulham’s Etheridge the most notable absentees.

Nonetheless, a number of the Azkals’ foreign-based players will be making the trip to Abu Dhabi, including centre-back Rob Gier of Ascot United, full-back Ray Jonsson, central midfielder Jerry Lucena and Singhtarua’s Patrick Reichelt, who starred in their recent Peace Cup triumph.

Four United Football League (UFL) sides are represented in the squad, with Global providing nine players including forward Angel Guirado, left-back Jeffrey Christiaens, up-and-coming defender Amani Aguinaldo and goalkeeper Eduard Sacapano, who is almost certain to start in the absence of Etheridge and Servette’s Roland Muller.

Loyola Meralco Sparks stars Phil Younghusband and James Younghusband are both expected to play key roles for the side, along with Kaya midfielder Chris Greatwich, who is joined in the squad by club team-mate OJ Porteria.

Rounding off the list of UFL-based players are winger Emelio Caligdong and goalkeeper Patrick Deyto of Green Archers United.

Buriram United striker Javier Patino misses out once again as he continues to make a full recovery from injury, although an eventual recall looks inevitable given he started for the Thunder Castle in their last two games, scoring in the 5-0 rout of Pattaya United on October 20.

Goalkeepers: Eduard Sacapano (Global), Patrick Deyto (Green Archers United)

Defenders: Rob Gier (Ascot United), Juan Luis Guirado (Burgos), Jerry Barbaso, Amani Aguinaldo, Jeffrey Christiaens (all Global), Ray Jonsson (Keflavik)

Midfielders: OJ Porteria, Chris Greatwich (both Kaya), James Younghusband (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Misagh Bahadoran, Jason de Jong, Marwin Angeles, Mark Hartmann (all Global), Emelio Caligdong (Green Archers United), Jerry Lucena (Esbjerg), Patrick Reichelt (Singhtarua)

Forwards: Phil Younghusband (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Angel Guirado (Global)

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