Gabriel Quak stares into the abyss

 Gabriel Quak stares into the abyss

SINGAPORE UNDER-23 1 (Sahil Suhaimi 23)

HOUGANG 1 (K Saseetharan 56)

Singapore Under-23 winger Gabriel Quak was in tears after on Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Hougang at the Toa Payoh Stadium.

It was not because of the pain suffered from his pulled hamstring.

Quak was forced to contemplate missing out on next month's SEA (South-east Asia) Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

Quak, on as a substitute in the second half, stretched for the ball in the 78th minute and felt a snap in his right thigh.

Seconds later, the 22-year-old was on the ground, writhing in pain before he was stretchered off the pitch.

Quak had to be helped by his teammates from the dressing room to the team bus after the match.

"It still hurts pretty bad," said the LionsXII winger, who scored the second goal in the national team's 2-1 Asian Cup qualifying win over Syria last month.

"But in the dressing room, I wasn't crying because of the pain. It's the thought of missing out on the SEA Games.

"This is my last Games, and now I don't know if I'll play."

Quak will undergo an ultra-scan on his thigh today.

Team physiotherapist Nurhafizah Abu Sujad told The New Paper that he could be out from two to six weeks, depending on the grade of the tear.

The Under-23s, who have targeted a place in the final, will leave for Myanmar on Dec 3 and open their SEA Games campaign in a Group A clash against Laos five days later.

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