In an international friendly, India will face Singapore with Sandesh Jhingan unlikely to start.

Singapore are the first team to play Indias in a FIFA friendly against them in ten years . Head coach Igor Stimac could rest Sandesh Jhingan for the first game and give him a start .

Sandesh Jhingan, a senior defender, could be rested during Indias first FIFA international friendly against Singapore in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Saturday.Due to travel document related issues, Jhingan and his teammate Chinglensana Singh couldn't accompany the team and boarded a 3 am flight on Friday morning.According to sources in the squad, head coach Igor Stimac could rest Jhingan for the first game and give him a start against Vietnam, a team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2019 Asian Cup in the last ten years.On the eve of Indias first meeting with Singapore in ten years, Stimac said that though Singapore has made considerable strides in recent years, the country has the ability to tame opponents.They have a new coach who has made some tweaks in the system that can make life difficult for opponents.

Singapore is an excellent attacking football team, especially in the high pressing zone.I have seen how they press the ball all over the field to make it difficult for the opponents.They have a small advantage in this respect, according to World Cupper, who has only had one full session in Ho Chi Minh City before the game.Stimac added that his team is a little under-cooked in terms of fitness levels and preparations.We should not ignore the fact that their fitness level is much better than ours, but we must be patient and positive.But he claims he has enough players to keep the Singapore attacking line at bay.

However, Stimac cautioned that we will try to find spaces in the weak spots and play as per our strategy.The Blue Tigers will return to action for the first time in June after a fruitful campaign in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, in which they played three matches and finished with a hundred percent win record.The coach said it is a hard work process, in which you must know what you need to do to get to the finish line in the June qualifiers, which is a result of a long-running program that was started to prepare the players for the National team.After the three-year process, we have stability, strength, and clearly better prospects than we had three years ago.I am confident that we have a bright future, said Stimac, who recently received a membership extension until next year's Asian Cup finals.