THE Philippine Azkals national football team is getting ready for the return of star midfielder Stephan Schrock and striker Javier Patiño.
The Azkals, making do with the little preparation they have, will have the two around when they start practice the first week of June.
Schrock and Patino are expected to be around, just in time for the start of the Fifa World Cup Qualifiers in the middle of next month.
“We’re waiting for our first sessions in June. We have new players. We have Schrock coming back and there’s Patino,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley.
The two are among the many players who still have club commitments until the end of the month.
When they arrive, Dooley said local training camp will be organized June 1.
The late availability of players for the national squad has forced the Philippine Football Federation to scrap plans of a friendly against an available footballing neighbor.
Dooley said they are also waiting for the arrival of new acquisitions Iain Ramsay, Stephen Palla, Luke Woodland and Kevin Ingreso.
Overseas-based bets, including Jerry Lucena, are set to arrive in the first week of June. Palla is expected to arrive at a later date because the Filipino-Austrian defender is getting married on June 6.