Maccabi Haifa will go tomorrow (Monday, 20:30) for an away game against Hapoel Hadera.
The main question before the game is the fitness of defender Pierre Cornot.
The Frenchman is in doubt due to strain on his hamstring, after just last week he returned to play and came on as a substitute against Maccabi Netanya.
The second defender San Menachem will continue to be absent after the concussion he suffered against Bnei Rayna.
This creates a problem in the left back position for coach Barak Bacher.
There will also be absences in the front.
Striker Nikita Rukavica is injured and will not be in the squad, while Fransadi Piero is in doubt and his inclusion in the squad will only be determined after the final training session.
Over 9,000 Haifa fans will arrive at the stadium in Netanya tomorrow.
The Greens sold all 7,000 tickets allotted to them last week and at the end of the week the thaw penetrated another 2,000 tickets and they were also hijacked.
The team's coach, Barak Becher, spoke at the press conference before the match against Hadera and said: "Every game is important, certainly after three games we didn't win, two of them in the league. Hadera always make it difficult for us, they beat Beitar Jerusalem in the previous game and they are good. We will try to leverage our last few minutes of the game against Maccabi Netanya, which were good. There is an excellent squad. There are more injured and I hope that everyone will be fit. We are very satisfied with what we have and we have no excuses, the goal is clear."
Chibuta against Hadera in the first round, photo: Maor Alxalsi
On the fight for the championship: "As a matter of fact, BS is currently in second place and there are three good teams.
Teams are fighting for positions, even BS win with difficulty, we didn't win and we saw Maccabi Tel Aviv. The league is tough and every game is tough."
On the competition in the squad: "There is competition, in the Cup there were changes. Now the injured have returned and Dia Saba has joined and created competition in the front. Even after the break there is still wear for some players but there will be refreshment. With the arrival of Dia and the return of the defenders there is competition. We do not have 30 players, There are 28, of which 4 are goalkeepers. There are also injured, so we don't have an excess in training. There is now a series of important games and we need everyone in a good capacity."
On the difficulty against Hadera in the first round: "It was a long time ago. We don't look at what happened. We know it will be difficult. We worked in training and we know it will be a close game. Even if it doesn't go quickly we will have to be patient without nerves, we worked on it mentally, also professionally And we'll have to see it on the field."
On Dia Saba: "Dia arrives in good shape, his last game was a month ago, but he arrives in good condition. Can play in several positions, very diverse and players will have to prove themselves. Sheri, Haziza, Azili, Dia, maybe someone won't start and that's fine, That's how it should be, there is competition for the lineup."
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