S. League: Nosy Parker

S. League: Nosy Parker
Park Kang Jin (left) scores the first goal for Balestier Khalsa during the match held at Hougang Stadium on 9 April 2013.

BALESTIER KHALSA v TANJONG PAGAR (Thursday, 7.30pm, Toa Payoh Stadium)

He put on a sparkling show when Balestier Khalsa thumped the Courts Young Lions 4-0 in their opening match of the Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League season.

But Park Kang Jin picked up a knee injury in the game and was forced to watch from the sidelines as the Tigers played out a drab draw with Woodlands Wellington in their second game.

So it's no surprise Tigers are desperate for their South Korean playmaker to be fit enough to return to action tonight when they face a tough Tanjong Pagar oufit at the Toa Payoh Stadium.

Speaking to The New Paper on Wednesday, Balestier coach Marko Kraljevic said: "He trained on Tuesday for the first time, so we will see if he will be ready.

"He's doing okay, but if he feels some pain before the match, he will not play. I won't risk him.

"It's a long season and I don't want to rush him back only to make the injury worse and see him miss more games."

Kraljevic expects his team to show better attacking verve tonight, even if Park is not available.

He said: "We played very well in our first game, had a few problems in attack for the second game, and that's the area I want to see us do better.

"The whole week, we've been working on our passing in the attacking third, our combination play... I want to see more.

"I've watched Tanjong Pagar play and sure, they are a very tough, hardworking team with good ability too.

"But we are playing at home and we must only think about the three points."

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