Eight players will be left in Hanoi to continue training in preparation for the home match against China, including Que Ngoc Hai, Nguyen Tien Linh, Nguyen Van Toan, Ngan Van Dai, Tran Phi Son, Nguyen Trong Long, Lieu Quang Vinh and Le Van Do.
Among the aforementioned players, Que Ngoc Hai has been suspended from the Australia game following his receipt of two yellow cards.
Nguyen Tien Linh and Nguyen Van Toan are both under health monitoring at home despite having tested negative for COVID-19, and will gather for training in the next few days.
Meanwhile, Ngan Van Dai and Tran Phi Son were called up late and were unable to complete visa procedures in time for the trip.
This afternoon, the national team will travel to Melbourne through two flight states: Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City and Ho Chi Minh City-Melbourne, and are expected to arrive in Australia at 10.30am on January 22 (local time).
Park Hang-seo’s side will have five days to get used to the local weather and time zone and make last-minute preparations for the match against the hosts, which is set to take place at Melbourne’s AAMI Park Stadium at 4.10pm on January 27 (Vietnamese time).
After six clashes in Group B, Vietnam are at bottom place with zero points. Saudi Arabia are leading the race with 16 points, four clear of Japan and five above Australia.
The Group B standings. (Photo: AFC)
Here is the Vietnamese squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Bui Tan Truong, Tran Nguyen Manh, Nguyen Van Hoang
Defenders: Bui Tien Dung, Nguyen Thanh Binh, Ho Tan Tai, Vu Van Thanh, Nguyen Thanh Chung, Tran Dinh Trong, Nguyen Phong Hong Duy, Nguyen Huu Tuan, Pham Xuan Manh, Nguyen Duc Chien
Midfielders: Do Hung Dung, Luong Xuan Truong, Nguyen Hoang Duc, To Van Vu, Tran Minh Vuong, Le Van Xuan, Phan Van Duc, Nguyen Quang Hai
Forwards: Nguyen Cong Phuong, Pham Tuan Hai, Ho Thanh Minh