Bad news for the Philippine Azkals only days before the AFF Suzuki Cup. First-choice goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has been recalled by his mother club Fulham and will not be playing in the tournament despite being cleared by his current side Bristol Rovers, the English League Two club said on Wednesday, November 21. The news came only a few hours after Bristol Rovers had given the green light for the keeper to join the Azkals in Bangkok, where they face regional powerhouse Thailand in their first game on Sunday, November 25. Etheridge was on a one-month loan to Bristol Rovers from English Premier League club Fulham FC until September 20, but he extended his contract until Christmas to help improve side’s standing in the league, where Rovers are currently at the bottom of the table facing relegation.
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