MANILA, Philippines – After missing the Azkals’ first two World Cup qualifying games, Neil Etheridge will return to banner the Philippines’ bid in the match against China on Tuesday, October 15, at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium in Bacolod.
Etheridge sustained a hamstring injury from Cardiff City’s 2-3 loss to Wigan Athletic last August 3, which sidelined him from the game for 6 to 8 weeks.
Instead, Michael Falkesgaard stepped up for Etheridge at the last line of defense.
This will be the first time Etheridge will suit up for the Azkals in their last 3 games against China, who drubbed the Filipinos 3-0 in the 2019 Asian Cup last January and blanked them 2-0 in an international friendly.
Here is the full squad list:
Kevin Mendoza Hansen
Mikel Justin Baas
Carlie de Murga
Niko de Vera
Elias Edison Suerti
John Patrick Strauss