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Misagh Bahadoran returns to Philippines squad for AFC Asian Cup qualifier

Philippines star Misagh Bahadoran is back to the national team after missing out the last 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Yemen in October.

The 30-year-old Iranian-Filipino winger was announced as one of 23 players who will form the roster for upcoming qualifier game against Nepal in Kathmandu on November 14.

Former Azkals U-22 player and Global Cebu forward Paolo Salenga and Ceres Negros striker Joshua Dutosme earned their first call up to the team.

However, prolific striker Javier Patino, Amani Aguinaldo, Manny Ott, and Luke Woodland are still out of the Thomas Dooley’s squad due to injuries.

Philippines 23-man squad in full:

Goalkeeper: Neil Etheridge (Cardiff City), Nick O’Donnell (Davao Aguilas), Patrick Deyto (Global Cebu).

Defender: Junior Muñoz (Ceres-Negros), Simone Rota (Davao Aguilas), Carli de Murga (Ceres-Negros), Daisuke Sato (Horsens), Sean Patrick Kane (JPV Marikina).

Midfielder: Fitch Arboleda (Stallion Laguna), Iain Ramsay (Ceres-Negros), Dennis Villanueva (Global Cebu), Kevin Ingreso (Ceres-Negros), Hikaru Minegishi (Global Cebu), James Younghusband (Davao Aguilas), Dylan de Bruycker (Davao Aguilas), Paul Mulders (Global Cebu), Curt Dizon (Meralco Manila), Marwin Angeles (Kaya FC).

Forward: Paolo Salenga (Global Cebu), Joshua Dutosme (Ceres-Negros), Mike Ott (Angthong), Phil Younghusband (Davao Aguilas), Misagh Bahadoran (Global Cebu).