Malta-Lithuania

Malta injury Problems, one of them key Player Mifsud (40 NT Goals)

Ghedin ready to battle on despite injury problems

The Maltese are still without a point after eight successive defeats in Group F and a home match against the second-bottom Lithuanians would, on paper, represent Malta’s best opportunity to break their duck in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

However, Ghedin’s preparations for the match have been severely jolted by the withdrawal of three key players in the squad, namely, midfielder Bjorn Kristensen and forwards Michael Mifsud and Jean Paul Farrugia.

Added to that, midfielder Ryan Fenech is ruled out as he must serve a one-match ban.

“This is another very important game for us to try and leave a good impression,” Ghedin told a news conference yesterday.

“After eight defeats we are keen to get at least a point from the match but it will not be easy as we have lost three important players through injury and that has disrupted our plans for the match.

“I could have turned to Jurgen Degabriele, of Hibernians, but he is part of the U-21 squad who have two key matches coming up and I don’t want to create problems for Silvio Vella.

“I will have a good look at the players in training today and tomorrow to try and find some solutions as we are playing a very good team.

“Lithuania have improved a lot during the last few months and they have many players in their squad who ply their trade with top European teams so it will not be an easy match but we will do our best and try to win.”