Philippines side Loyola Meralco Sparks have been hit with a big blow ahead of their crucial tie against Tanjong Pagar in the Singapore Cup quarter-finals.
Philippines international and Under-23 captain Mark Hartmann has been offload to fellow United Football League rival Global FC and will no longer be part of Loyola’s adventure in the most prestigious cup competition in Singapore.
The preliminary round saw the Sparks snatch a 3-0 victory over Harimau Muda, while the Jaguars saw off Boeung Ket FC of Cambodia.
Although Loyola will be without Hartmann, they can still bank on the Younghusband brothers, who are the darlings of Philippines football.
Captain James and brother Philip are no doubt the focus of the team with their build up play centered on the duo as they supply the ammunition to forwards Jang Jo Woong and Jeong Byeong Yeol.
But Tanjong Pagar is a different proposition and the visitors will have to be on their toes for the entire 90 minutes as any lapse of concentration could prove to be costly.
Patrick Vallee's side boast one of the most lethal foreign legions in the S.League in the form of ex-Morroco international Monsef Zerka and freekick specialist Kamel Ramdani.
The Jaguars are known to be tactically disciplined at the back while patiently building up their attack via the flanks, with Hafiz Nor having his best season so far.
The Philippines side might just snatch a result from the clash if they approach this match with extreme caution, not leave any gaps in midfield and hit their opponents swiftly on the break.