Chappuis back in Thailand's squad for World Cup qualifiers

Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang has recalled Swiss-born midfielder Charyl Chappuis to the War Elephants’ squad for the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. 

The 24-year-old Chappuis had been sidelined for around 18 months due to a knee injury, but has shown some impressive form since returning to the field for Thai Premier League outfit Suphanburi in the second half of the 2016 season.

His last tournament with the national team was the successful 2014 Suzuki Cup campaign (seen above).

Joining Chappuis in the squad are Buriram United defender Koravit Namviset and Chonburi midfielder Pokklaw Anan, who have also been recalled after overcoming injury issues.

Chappuis has made an impressive return from injury this season

But Bangkok United playmaker Sanrawat Dechmitr misses out due to an ankle injury.

Thailand begin their Group B campaign in the 12-team qualifying competition against Saudi Arabia on September 2, before facing Japan in Bangkok four days later.

Reigning Asian Cup champions Australia, United Arab Emirates and Iraq round out Thailand’s six-team group.

Iran, Asia’s highest-ranked nation at No.39, headlines Group A, along with South Korea, Uzbekistan, China, Qatar and Syria.

The top two teams in each group automatically qualify for the World Cup, to be held in Russia in 2018, with the two third-place getters progressig to a playoff.

Thailand, Southeast Asia’s best-ranked team at No.120, will warm up for the qualifiers with a friendly match against Qatar on August 25.

Thailand World Cup qualifying squad:

Goalkeepers: Kawin Thamsatchanan, Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool, Chanin Sae-ear

Defenders: Theerathon Bunmathan, Narubadin Weerawatnodom, Tanaboon Kesarat, Peerapat Notchaiya, Pratum Chuthong, Koravit Namwiset, Tristan Do, Adison Promrak

Midfieders: Kroekrit Thaweekarn, Chanathip Songkrasin, Sarach Yooyen, Mongkol Tossakrai, Pokklaw Anan, Sarawut Masuk, Prakit Deeporm, Charyl Chappuis

Strikers: Teerasil Dangda, Adisak Kraisorn, Tana Chanabut, Siroch Chatthong