A day after the disappointing 2-2 draw against Kedah in their Malaysia Cup opener at the Jalan Besar Stadium, the LionsXII were far from their jovial, spirited selves.
Most of the squad exhibited solemn, almost tired expressions as they reported for training yesterday evening.
"Two points lost" was the sentiment all around as the Malaysian Super League champions prepared for their second Group D match against Sarawak in the hostile State Stadium in Kuching on Saturday.
The only good news, it seemed, was that injured captain Shahril Ishak could make it back in time for the clash.
Shahril suffered a knee injury against Kedah, following a bruising tackle by an opponent in the first half, and had to be substituted in the 74th minute.
Limping into the Jalan Besar Stadium yesterday, Shahril, wearing a protective guard on his right knee, said a visit to the doctor's revealed there was no ligament damage.
According to team physiotherapist Nurhafizah Abu Sujad, the team's top scorer could get some play time against Sarawak.
"The good news is that it's just a knock; a contusion at the (side of his knee)," she told The New Paper.