SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, June 11 (Xinhua) -- China defender Ming Tian became a serious doubt for their crucial World Cup qualifier against Syria after he suffered an ankle injury in China's 5-0 win over the Maldives on Friday.
Ming had his right ankle twisted in the 10th minute when he was tackled from behind by Mohamed Hamzath. He was then stretchered off with his head buried in his hands.
China head coach Li Tie said he was not optimistic about Ming's injury prospects, doubting whether he could recover in time for the Syria tie.
"I am still waiting for our doctors' confirmation about his injury. He has been sent to the hospital for a check, and the feedback I got is not upbeat," he said.
China is to face Syria next Tuesday in their final second-round Asia World Cup qualifier, deciding if they can reach the next round.
China, currently sitting second with 16 points in Group A, five points behind group leader Syria who has qualified for the final round, can make the grade as one of the four best second-placed teams from eight groups.