Sunil Chhetri
Sunil Chhetri is a star player for India in the World Cup campaign. Image Credit: AFP

New Delhi: As India gear up to play against Afghanistan and Oman in the Fifa World Cup Qualifiers, head coach Igor Stimac believes quick recovery of the players — who are coming into the national squad after playing their club games — will be very important.

“Players are coming right from matches and our primary concern is to recover as quickly as possible so that they can hit the ground fresh. Our medical team are taking care of minor niggles,” Stimac said. “We are trying to utilise every second during the camp and the boys have also responded positively so far,” he added.

The squad is currently undergoing a training camp at the HTC Sports Academy ground in the national capital.

“After the club commitments, it’s now time for national team duty. We are ready to hit full throttle,” Anas Edathodika said. “An away fixture is always going to be difficult but we have to be cautious and grab the opportunities to get the job done.”

Midfielder Pronay Halder, who is back to the national team fold after King’s Cup, felt the team has enough ammunition at their disposal to achieve the “desired results”.

“Our team has been in good form and we had played some great football recently. If we can play to our true potential, we can get the desired results in our next two matches,” Halder said.

India will be playing against Afghanistan and Oman on November 14 and 19 respectively.