Other members of the team are staying in Spain for COVID-19 treatment following their training and friendlies there. Some of them have tested negative and are waiting for additional tests to confirm they are completely healthy for the competition.
Coach Mai Duc Chung who arrived in India with the first group said he hopes he will have a complete line up for Vietnam’s first clash with the Republic of Korea late this week.
Healthy players are expected to fly to India on January 19, said Le Hoai Anh, general secretary of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF).
Anh said the VFF has closely monitored and given timely instructions to ensure the national team are able to compete at the tournament. In addition, he said the VFF expects the Asian Football Federation will adopt a special policy for the Vietnamese team.
Earlier, the women’s football team had training and played some friendlies in Spain, where several players and two doctors were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The Asian tournament is set to take place between January 20 and February 6 in India. Vietnam have been drawn in Group C and they will play the Republic of Korea on January 21, Japan on January 24, and Myanmar on January 27.