With the grief of conceding twice to India in the dying minutes of their World Cup qualifier has yet to subside, the Bangladesh football team's misery was deepened as key players, including captain Jamal Bhuiyan, were ruled out of their encounter against Oman next Tuesday.
Bangladesh skipper Jamal, midfielder Biplu Ahmed and left-back Rahmat Mia, all three of whom made Jamie Day's starting eleven against Afghanistan and India, will miss the upcoming match against Oman (June 15) due to suspension. Two yellow cards over the course of the campaign lead to a one-match suspension and all three picked up their second against India.
Midfielder Mashuk Mia Johny, meanwhile, sustained an injury against India and manager Iqbal Hossen said he may also miss the upcoming game. "We did the MRI on Johny. The doctor has advised him to rest for a couple of weeks. He may miss the next match against Oman."
Star midfielder Sohel Rana flew back to Bangladesh yesterday after picking up an injury in the first game in Qatar against Afghanistan that ruled him out for four weeks.
All these suspensions and injuries mean Jamie Day is left with 17 outfielders and four days to prepare for the match against the group's second-placed team, Oman. The coach had played with quite a number of youngsters during the Three Nations Cup in Nepal and suggested that some of those players may likely be used now.
"It was impossible before all the injuries and suspensions. The good thing that I did was playing some footballers in Nepal to give them international experience," Jamie said.
The British coach sounded confident in the squad's ability to adapt to his system. "They all know the system. That's what we work on continuously. But you're playing a team on the level of Qatar with nine players missing," he added, "As long as the players give their best like they have done last two games, no problems regardless of score."
Injured Biplu Ahmed conveyed his support for the team. "Although some of us are going to be unable to play the next match, we are continuing training with the team. The players who will be playing the match will try to make the best of the opportunity and aim for a good result. We will also be on the ground to encourage them," the midfielder said.