Persebaya Surabaya has yet to play a complete composition in the BRI Liga 1 2022/2023. Now, four of their players have to miss the match against Bhayangkara FC headquarters in the third week at Wibawa Mukti Stadium, Cikarang, Sunday (7/8/2022) night.
They are Leo Lelis, Silvio Junior, Mochammad Supriadi, and Marselino Ferdinand who were injured. This news makes Persebaya Surabaya unable to play the full squad in Liga 1 this season.
Persebaya Surabaya coach, Aji Santoso, has confirmed that the four names cannot appear against Bhayangkara. However, this is not an obstacle for Bajul Ijo to get points in the opponent’s cage.
“It has been confirmed that Leo Lelis, Silvio Junior, including Supri, and Marsel are not in the team because they are still recovering. However, in football I have emphasized that I will not depend on one or two players,” said Aji, Saturday (6/8/2022).
Previously, there was also Alwi Slamat who was also absent and even made a recovery in his hometown, Ambon. Then, goalkeeper Ernando Ari Sutaryadi has also been absent since before League 1 started.
The absence of Leo Lelis may not be a concern because there are still Rizky Ridho, Dandi Maulana, and Riswan Lauhin at the back. Likewise Marselino Ferdinand who can be replaced with Higor Vidal.
However, Silvio Junior’s injury left a hole. The Brazilian striker has always played in the previous two matches. Possibly, Aji Santoso will install Ahmad Nufiandani as a replacement.
“It would be better if our squad was one hundred percent complete. However, there are some players who can’t participate in the game, I have prepared a replacement. Hopefully his successor can show quality in the match, “added Aji.
Persebaya itself is in an effort to continue the winning trend in Liga 1 2022/2023. Previously, they managed to win 2-0 over Persita Tangerang at the Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium, Surabaya, Monday (1/8/2022).
The duel against Bhayangkara should also be an arena for revenge because last season Persebaya always lost. Finally, the two teams met in the 2022 President’s Cup and ended with the score 1-1 (13/6/2022).