Selangor deregister Andik, but still have plans for the Indonesian starlet

Injured Indonesian superstar Andik Versmansyah is still a wanted man in Selangor, despite being deregistered from their 2017 Malaysia Super League (MSL) roster following the arrival of attacking midfielder Juliano Mineiro.

Andik, who is still recuperating from knee surgery after picking up an injury during the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, is back in Indonesia but will return to Selangor ahead of the mid-season transfer window.

“Andik is still in my plans but he only returns from injury in March and will take time to return to full fitness,” said Selangor coach P. Maniam.

“We will look at the two new imports and Andik during the mid-season transfer window before deciding who to keep.”

Andik is still in my plans but he only returns from injury in March and will take time to return to full fitness

- P. Maniam

Selangor have also signed winger Victor Astafei from Romanian club Botosani.

Astafei has been cleared to start against Malacca on Friday, but Selangor fans may have to wait before Mineiro makes his debut as he is lacking match fitness and is yet to obtain an international transfer certificate (ITC).

FourFourTwo understands Astafei and Mineiro have only signed six-month contracts. Ugo Ukah and Francis Forkey Doe, Selangor’s other imports, have signed until the end of the season.

The Brazilian-born Mineiro, who last played for Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol, fills Selangor’s Asian import slot as he also holds a Timor Leste passport.

Mineiro has yet to play for Timor Leste and was not among the 12 Brazilian-born Timor Leste internationals that were declared ineligible for international football last week.

Timor Leste were heavily sanctioned by the Asian Football Confederation for falsifying citizenship documents, with the punishment including being banned from the 2023 Asian Cup and their federation fined US$20,000 (RM90,000).