Fil-British Azkals keeper Neil Etheridge has been hospitalized and is currently receiving treatment for COVID-19, according to the Birmingham City Football Club on Wednesday, July 14.
“On behalf of the Board, the staff, the players and everyone connected to the Club, we’re all behind Neil and willing him on in his battle against COVID-19,” said team technical director Craig Gardner in an online statement.
Last year, Etheridge signed a four-year contract with Birmingham after completing a three-year stint with Cardiff City.
“We’re in constant contact with his close family and will continue to support them in any way we can. He’s in the best possible hands and we’re hopeful we can all welcome him home at the earliest opportunity,” Gardner continued.
The 31-year-old last played for the Philippines in the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup, where the Azkals reached the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Vietnam.
He was last included in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers pool as a vice-captain to Stephan Schrock, and his inclusion remains to be seen for the third round of the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers. – Rappler.com