Simone Rota ruled out of AFF Cup for Philppines after knee injury

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With a possible stint with the Philippine national men’s football team in the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup now out of the picture as he recovers from an ACL injury, crack defender is now setting his sights on a return to the field next year.

Injured his right knee while playing for his mother team Stallion FC in the United Football League, Mr. Rota underwent surgery yesterday that is expected to sideline him for six to seven months.

Recuperating time will see Mr. Rota miss the Philippine Azkals’ campaign in the AFF Suzuki Cup next month, which the country will be co-hosting with Myanmar.

Mr. Rota shared that missing out on playing in the Cup was tough on his part. He tried everything possible to at least be fit enough to play but it turned out his injury required surgery.

“I tried therapy and medicine to have it healed but unfortunately it required surgery and I just have to accept it,” said Mr. Rota during an event early this week of an electronics company that he is a brand ambassador of.

Despite not participating in the Suzuki Cup, he said that he is still behind the Azkals all the way.

Seeing the team play recently in two international friendlies here at home, Mr. Rota said it still needs work but has full confidence that in time it can get its act together.

The UFL star went on to say that upon his return he is looking forward to playing with the Azkals in their campaign for the 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers in March

Via: Business World Online