The depth of two UAE heavyweights’ squads will be tested on Friday when Al Jazira host Al Ain in the Arabian Gulf Cup.
International football has decimated both rosters ahead of the clash at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium. Nearly half of the 26-man UAE squad is taken from their ranks (eight from Jazira, four from Al Ain), while the Pride of Abu Dhabi are also without South Africa midfielder Thulani Sereo and Togo striker Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba is missing for the visitors.
Victory at the halfway point in Group A will see Jurgen Streppel’s Jazira close on a quarter-final berth, while Al Ain want a first win.
Elsewhere in the pool, Al Dhafra are searching to maintain their 100-per-cent record when promoted Khor Fakkan visit. There is a Dubai derby on Saturday when leaders Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club take the short trip to Al Nasr.
In Group B, Al Wahda will aim to make it nine points from nine and guarantee advancement when they host Bani Yas on Saturday.
On the same night, pointless Arabian Gulf League champions Sharjah visit Ajman. On Friday, Fujairah desire a first win at Al Wasl.
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