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Pro League previews: Boost for Al Ain as Gyan returns to line-up

The Ghana captain returns to Al Ain following the death of his mother as Kalba look to build on their first Pro League win.

Al Ain striker Asamoah Gyan
Al Ain striker Asamoah Gyan

Al Ain v Kalba

Asamoah Gyan, the Pro League's leading scorer, is back in Al Ain's line-up for their home game against Kalba.

The Ghana captain left for home to be with his family following his mother's death, but not before scoring twice in the 3-2 away win over Al Shabab 10 days ago.

Gyan was back in training on Wednesday and that could spell danger for Kalba, who are coming off the back of their first win (2-1 over Al Dhafra) in seven league games.

 

Dibba Al Fujairah v Al Wasl

Guy Lacombe, the new Al Wasl coach, will have an opportunity to register a first win in the Pro League when they face the bottom team Dibba Al Fujairah away.

The Frenchman's first game in charge just two days after he signed for the Dubai club ended in a goalless draw against Al Jazira. He went on to lead them to a 1-0 win over Baniyas in the Etisalat Cup.

Wasl have dropped to the middle of the league table after a sound start. They were undefeated in the first five games before a 5-0 thrashing by Al Ain.

 

Al Dhafra v Dubai

Rene Marsiglia, the Dubai coach, thinks his team will be recharged after the 10-day break of the Pro League for their meeting with Al Dhafra away.

The Frenchman rested key players in the 2-1 defeat to Al Wahda in the Etisalat Cup in midweek.

"We have had some very tough games and some of the players needed a rest to recover," he said.

"We meet Dhafra next. They are an improving side but we feel our players will be fresh and ready as we see it as an opportunity to consolidate our position in the league."

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