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Asian Cup 2019: 5 top stars who will be missed

Sudarshan
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
29 Dec 2018, 03:04 IST

#4 Ali Al-Habsi (Oman)

Ali Al-Habsi
Ali Al-Habsi

Ali Al-Habsi has been forced to be withdrawn from the squad with an injury. The 36-year-old, who has won 120 caps for his nation will not be taking part in this upcoming edition of the Asian Cup.

It has been a great year for Oman football as they have stayed undefeated throughout the year. Despite not having a good track in the Asian Cup, head coach Pim Verbeek is confident about the prospect of lifting this trophy even without their skipper who has been crucial to the nation's success.

Al-Habsi is a known figure in English football, having played there for more than eleven years with Bolton Wanderers, Reading and Wigan Athletic. He has played in three Asian Cup editions so far- 2004, 2007 and 2015. Ali Al-Habsi is replaced by the 30-year-old Faiz Al-Rushaidi.

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