SHANGHAI,(Pakistan Point News - APP -22nd Augst,2016) : Former England head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is facing a struggle to save Shanghai SIPG's season with key players out for their Asian Champions League (ACL) quarter-final, first leg at home to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Tuesday. Chinese Super League (CSL) signed striker Hulk for 55 million Euros ($61 million) from Zenit St Petersburg last month, but the Brazilian lasted just 21 minutes on debut before being injured, and has not played since.
To add to Eriksson's woes, chief playmaker Dario Conca managed to injure himself celebrating his 54th minute goal in SIPG's 4-1 CSL win over Shijiazhuang Everbright on Friday. With SIPG trailing CSL leaders Guangzhou Evergrande by 12 points in third place, the under-pressure Swede's hopes of major silverware rest with the ACL. Speaking after his side's win over Shijiazhuang, Eriksson said he had been doing his homework on Korean opponents Jeonbuk. "They are a very good team" he cautioned. "We have a lot of tapes of them and we went to see them yesterday... we have a full report on them." Eriksson said Conca had injured his knee and gave no date for an expected return. When asked if Hulk was finally ready to return to action, he said, "I am not sure that he will play, maybe, maybe not, let's see."