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Saturday, 15 June, 2002, 16:16 GMT 17:16 UK
Six doubts for Turkey
Senol Gunes directs training on Saturday
Gunes directs training on Saturday

Japan v Turkey
Second round
Miyagi | Tue 18 June | 0730 BST
BBC Radio Five Live

Turkey have six players injured, including influential midfielder Hasan Sas and striker Hakan Sukur, less than four days before their World Cup second round match against Japan.

Coach Senol Gunes said goalkeeper Rustu Recber was still suffering from the thigh strain that saw him substituted in the 35th minute of Turkey's 3-0 win over China.

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Our aim is to get the result with the kind of football that the Japanese supporters can applaud
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Senol Gunes

Striker Hakan Sukur, who has yet to score for Turkey in the World Cup, was also injured and trained separately from the rest of the squad on Saturday, Gunes said.

"Rustu and Hakan played against China despite injuries and their status now is very touch-and-go," he said. "We are monitoring them."

Midfielder Hasan Sas, scorer of two of Turkey's five goals and the provider of two more, is suffering from a strain to his right thigh.

Hasan did light training and stretching exercises at the Turkish training camp near Sendai, north east of Tokyo.

Midfielders Muzzy Izzet and Okan Buruk have been out since early in Turkey's campaign.

A groin injury the evening before Turkey's 2-1 opening defeat by Brazil put Okan out of action, but if he can recover before the Japan game he might replace Emre Belozoglu.

Midfielder Nihat Kahveci also as a shoulder strain, Gunes said.

Adding to the Gunes's problems are the one-match suspensions for defender Emre Asik and midfielder Emre Belozoglu.

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If we can play the game we want to play, I think we will go through
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Senol Gunes

The coach was nevertheless upbeat about the prospect of playing Japan on Tuesday.

"Maybe an away game against the host nation hassome disadvantages but this is the World Cup and you have to be prepared for such things," Gunes said.

"I saw in Japan's game against Tunisia that the fans have a positive effect on their team.

"Our aim is to get the result with the kind of football that the Japanese supporters can applaud."

"They are a running team, a young team, a team that can upset opponents, but if we can play the game we want to play I think we will go through."


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