RIYADH: Mohammed Al-Breik and Abdullah Al-Omari were notable absentees as the Saudi national football team resumed its training camp in Riyadh in preparation for Friday’s AFC second-round qualifier against Singapore, Arabic sports daily Arriyadiyah reported.
Saudi Arabia currently leads Group D with 14 points, two ahead of Uzbekistan, who on Monday defeated Singapore 5-0 to keep the pressure on Herve Renard’s team.
Saudi’s match against Singapore will be the team’s seventh group fixture in the joint Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup, with Uzbekistan taking on Yemen at the same time.
If as expected the two top teams claim victories, their final matchday clash on Tuesday, June 15 will then decide who finishes top of the table and confirms progress to the third and final AFC qualifying round for Qatar 2022.
The runner-up will then hope they are one of the best four second-placed teams in this group stage.
French coach Renard has decided that starting from Tuesday, tactical training sessions would be closed off after the technical staff said they were satisfied with the squad’s recovery exercises after beating Yemen 3-0 on Saturday.
While their colleagues were involved in full training sessions, Al-Breik and Al-Omari had to make do with physical exercises with the squad’s fitness trainer.