Azkals face North Korea in Pyongyang sans Patiño

The Philippines will miss top striker Javier Patiño for the crucial World Cup Qualifying duel with North Korea on Oct. 8 in Pyongyang.

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley left Patiño out from the 22-man side bound for the North Korean capital, after the striker who has scored three goals in seven appearances for the national side, sustained what appeared as a hamstring injury in a Chinese Super League game last Sept. 20.

Patiño who plays for CSL side Henan Jianye told Dooley he could be out for “two to three weeks” which means the striker could still make the trip to Manama for the game against Bahrain on Oct. 13.

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