MANILA (7 April 2011) – Philippines national striker Phil Younghusband is on the way to making full recovery from a torn right hamstring he suffered last month in an AFC Challenge Cup against Mongolia.
“He has begun strengthening workouts on his hamstring, aqua therapy and core training,” said Sepp Malinay, the Philippines team physiotherapist.
“Phil has three hours of therapy three times a week on his hamstring. He’s young so he is recovering fast.
“We’re trying to push Younghusband to resume running and field practice after the Holy Week so he won’t lag behind when we begin our conditioning training in May.”
To kick off their preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup first round qualifiers against Sri Lanka, a two-week fitness camp-cum-tryouts has been scheduled for 9-26 May, possibly at the Alabang Country Club.
After the recreational camp on 27 May to 2 June in Cebu where the team will be joined by their respective families, the next phase of training will be held on 7-18 June.
This will involve practice matches with overseas clubs and which could be held at either in the Middle East or Australia.
Philippines first match against Sri Lanka in Colombo will be on 29 June 2011 with the return tie in Manila on 3 July.