Good news came from Persebaya Surabaya before the East Java derby against Arema FC. Because the two foreign players, Leo Lelis and Higor Vidal, are likely to be able to play after a few games absent / Photo: Collage
Especially for Higor Vidal, this 24-year-old footballer has missed Bajol Ijo’s last six matches in Liga 1 for the 2022-2023 season. Vidal’s role is quite vital in managing the team’s game. From 10 matches Persebaya has only played four times and recorded two assists.
Meanwhile, Leo Lelis, who suffered an injury in week nine against PSM Makassar and missed the match against RANS Nusantara FC, is likely to have recovered and can be played. Higor Vidal himself is determined that he can strengthen his team during the match against Arema FC.
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The reason is that this Portuguese player admits that he has started to recover after missing six Green Force matches. “I feel better day by day. I am happy to be back practicing on the field. Indeed, I am still training gradually, but if the coach needs it, I am ready to be fielded against Arema,” said Vidal.
Vidal also observed the rivalry between the two teams which made him even more motivated to recover and be able to play to win points at home. “I want to come back soon and contribute. I want to fight with my friends to get up,” he said.
Meanwhile, Leo Lelis also admitted that his physical condition had recovered after the injury he suffered against PSM Makassar. The two-week pause in competition is recognized by this Brazilian passport player who helped him return to his 100 percent physical appearance.
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“I have recovered, ready to play again. We can maximize the two-week league holiday to restore 100 percent physical condition, maximum for all the games ahead,” said Lelis.
According to Lelis, the match against Arema FC was admittedly difficult. Moreover, Arema FC played in front of thousands of fanatical supporters, but he and his teammates were determined to play loose and get points in Malang.