Azkals’ Doctora to get knee surgery, out several months


Ruben “Balot” Doctora needs to see the doctor, and it will likely keep him out of the national team for a while.


On Tuesday the Barotac Nuevo striker revealed that tests on his knee, which he injured during the AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives, showed tears to his Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Medial Collateral Ligament, and Lateral Collateral Ligament, thus requiring surgery. He said it is being scheduled.


The 28-year-old will be out for around five to sixth months, according to him, and will most certainly miss the Peace Cup and the Suzuki Cup.


Doctora is able to walk on his right knee as of the moment but he says that when he tries to do light training, lateral movement is very difficult.


The diminutive Ilonggo was given a break by Azkals coach Thomas Dooley this year and he repaid his trust with a fine goal against Nepal in a friendly. Doctora’s wife Tephay is due to give birth in August to a girl.


We wish him the best of luck and a full and speedy recovery!

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On Tuesday Green Archers defeated Socceroo 1-0 thanks to a rare goal by centerback Boiboi Fernandez. The Negrense was unmarked feet away from the goal when he blasted in a center from Chieffy Caligdong.

GAU should have won by a heavier scoreline. TS was missing Lee Jeong Woo, Park Yi Young (who is going for a trial in Spain) and Diego Barrera. United were wasteful in front of goal and Socceroo keeper Gui Hasegawa made some big stops.

Shining for Kleng Cacacho’s boys was Kennedy Venida Uzoka. The gangly Fil-Nigerian looked very energetic all game long and gave GAU fits, especially in the first half, when he switched from the right to the left wing.

The UFL has a huge game on Thursday: league-leaders Global versus Pachanga. If Global wins, they get to 53 points and that’s more than what Loyola and Kaya can muster, so Leigh Manson’s boys will be crowned champs. Kickoff is at 8pm




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