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was heartened by Vikram Mudaliar
's full recovery. "We didn't want to rush him back, and it's paid off. He's as sharp as ever, and maybe even a step quicker than before!"
Noubaryan held out hope that Eren Serpin
would return from a very similar injury in the same way. "It's very unfortunate that this happened, but the timing is probably as good as it could have been. There's a week left of the break, and some more time before the new campaign swings into full gear."
Farmer Bunnies were defeated 0-3 by Finnish Division Five visitors Atletico Ristiniemi, though it certainly wasn't anything close to their regular XI that suffered the loss. Ibrahim Zahran Al-Maashany
did start alongside Mushtag Al-Nameeri
, but neither were brought into play much if at all, with Ervin Tánczos and Michelangelo Gandola strutting their stuff at Carrot Field instead.
Over in Saudi Arabia, Wang Hanxuan
rang up a hat-trick, as Grilled International whipped Division Two hosts FC Perceval 7-0. It was clear that FC Perceval saw it as little more than a training exercise, with only Bolivian fullback-forward Thiago Intimayta showing any signs of urgency. Hardi bin Besar
would have his pride hurt literally and painfully just before half-time, with Tawfeeq Nasr sticking his foot where it didn't belong. Luckily, there wasn't any permanent damage done, but Hardi won't feature for a week or so just in case.