Nico Yennaris is absent from the roster of the Chinese team

Wednesday 18/08/2021 08:38(GMT+7)

Newspaper says Bongda24h

Coach Li Tie (Ly Thiet) did not use Nico Yennaris in the preparation for the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup of the Chinese team early next month.

In order to prepare for the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup, the Chinese Football Federation recently announced the list of Chinese national team associations sent by coach Ly Thiet. Out of 31 players called up this time, only 4 naturalized players were called.

Those are 3 Brazilian-born players Ai Kesen, Alan, Luo Guofu and English-born central defender, Jiang Guangtai. It is noteworthy that former Arsenal star Nico Yennaris (Chinese name is Li Ke) was not called up by Mr. Ly Thiet.

Nico Yennaris
Midfielder Nico Yennaris is absent from the list of Chinese squads

In the past, Yennaris spent 10 years training in the Arsenal youth team. This player was highly appreciated at that time and was also promoted to the first team by manager Arsene Wenger when he was 18 years old. However, he was unable to compete for the position and stalled.

The midfielder born in 1993 in England was then loaned by the Gunners to the lower divisions but did not leave much of an impression. After that, he was attached to Premier League rookie, Brentford during the period from 2014–2019

In 2019, the midfielder, whose mother is Chinese, returned home to play for Beijing Quoc An, then was called up to the national team. He played 7 matches, and is considered an important nucleus in the style of play that coach Ly Thiet built.

Currently, Chinese media does not specifically report this absence. But according to some information, the former Arsenal defensive midfielder is having an ankle problem and is currently undergoing treatment in Beijing.

The Chinese team will meet in Shanghai on August 18. They will have their opening match in the third qualifying round with a trip to Australia on the evening of September 2. Soon after 5 days, teachers and coaches Ly Thiet will be playing as the host in the match against Japan.

However, the Chinese Football Federation is planning to find a neutral stadium to host this match, due to fear of the risk of Covid-19 infection in the country.

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