Kedah’s injury list has grown longer with international Syzawan Zainon joining the crock list for Wednesday’s Super League home match against Perak at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar.

Syazwan picked up a football injury last Saturday in Kedah’s 2-1 defeat to Johor Darul Takzim at Johor Bahru’s Larkin Stadium in the Charity Shield match which also doubled up as a Super League match.

“I took a hard knock from Kunanlan during the JDT match. My foot is not swollen but I am having difficulty in walking. This is disappointing because I wanted to be in the first team in our first home match,” said Syazwan.

Kedah’s Spanish coach Ramon Marcote is already grappling with new signing Alvaro Silva who has yet to make his Malaysian Super League debut. The Filipino did not play against JDT because of a leg injury he sustained in a friendly match against Suphanburi FC on Jan 24.

Syazwan and Alavaro did not train during the team’s training session at Padang Majlis Sukan Negeri Kedah, Alor Setar on Tuesday.

“This is our first home match in the new season and of course we are looking at a winning start in front of our home fans,” said Marcote, who was not too pleased with the team’s overall performance against JDT.

“We did not perform well against JDT. It was a below par performance but we still did well to score first but paid a price for failing to contain our opponents. But we have put that defeat aside.”

However, in the same breath the Spaniard was quick to point out that the defeat to JDT has “motivated the players and they want to redeem their battered pride” against Perak.

“This is the time to put the defeat to JDT aside and look towards the Perak match with confidence. The home ground advantage and home crowd support could swing the match in our favour.”

A disappointed Alvaro watched his teammates training while soaking himself in an ice tub.

“I am itching to play but will see how things go,” said Alvaro. – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH

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