Warriors lose Chiang to ACL injury
Jeremy Chiang has been ruled out for the season, with Warriors FC head coach Alex Weaver confirming that he has torn his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and will need to undergo surgery.
The full back suffered the injury last Friday during the first half of Warriors' 1-4 defeat against rivals Home United, twisting his knee while turning sharply under pressure from Juma’at Jantan in his own penalty box.
Chiang had been expected to be a key player in Weaver’s plan to challenge for the S-League title this year was a solid performer in all his eight appearances up till the Uniform Derby.
The well-travelled player is into his sixth club in seven years as a professional, having followed Weaver from Hougang United to Warriors midway through the 2013 season.
Speaking to FourFourTwo at Choa Chu Kang Stadium after Tuesday evening’s training session, Weaver expressed his disappointment at losing Chiang before the midway mark of the season.
“It’s a big loss, whenever you lose someone of his ability and character,” the head coach said.
“But we’ve got players who can come in a do a good job as well. Those players are on the fringes of the first team and have worked exceptionally hard in the training. They have been very patient, they focus well and it’s at times like this when you want them to come in a stake a claim for a place."
While the predominantly left-footed Irwan Shah comes to mind immediately having filled that role against the Protectors, as well as with the LionsXII last year, Weaver insisted that there are several other options as well.
“Kevin McCann has played at right back a lot, obviously we’ve got Daniel Bennett who can play across the back-four, we’ve got the likes of Dharham (Aziz) and Zulfadhli Emran who can come in, we’ve got speedsters in terms of Hazwan (Nurhazwan Noraisikin) who can do a job at right back if called upon, so we’ve got a few good options,” he said.
The Englishman did however concede that they will be looking to reinforce the team during the mid-season transfer window, but preferred to keep his cards close to his chest.
“Obviously we’ll again be having a look at a few options. But that’s a secret right now.”