Persib Bandung will play the inaugural BRI Liga 1 2021/2022 match against Barito Putera. The match took place at the Indomilk Arena Stadium, Tangerang, Saturday (4/9/2021).
In the match later, Persib will certainly be without its flagship wing-back, Supardi Nasir. The 38-year-old is reportedly still suffering from a leg injury.
Supardi’s absence was conveyed by Persib coach Robert Alberts after leading his team’s practice at the Gelora Bandung Lautan Api Stadium, Bandung, Thursday (2/9/2021).
“Supardi is definitely out, his ankle hasn’t fully recovered so we can’t force it,” Robert told reporters.
Meanwhile, Geoffrey Castillion, Robert admits that the Dutch player is not in excellent condition. However, Robert still brought Geoffrey Castillion to Tangerang.
“Geoffrey is okay, but his stamina has not been able to play the full 90 minutes. But Geoffrey still went with us,” he explained.
The match between Persib Bandung and Barito Putera will be broadcast by Indosiar and live streaming on Vidio.
Geoffrey’s fitness is indeed problematic because he has just joined the Persib Bandung squad. He previously had problems with his flight to Indonesia because he had not yet received a vaccination certificate.
Geoffrey must first undergo vaccination in his country, the Netherlands. The owner of the number 20 jersey received the Johnson and Johnson vaccination with only one injection.
However, receiving one shot from Robert Alberts ensures that Geoffrey can appear in the BRI Liga 1. According to Robert, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine has been approved by the world health agency or WHO.
“He can play because the vaccine has been approved by WHO that Johnson & Johnson one vaccine is enough. So everything is fine,” he said.