NEGRI Sembilan will miss the services of national No 1 goalkeeper S. Kumar for the Razak Cup in Kuala Lumpur on May 21-29.
Injury has forced him out of representing his home state.
"Kumar is still undergoing rehabilitation after tearing his adductor muscle while playing in the last Test match against Australia in Perth last month.
"He will not be ready for the Razak Cup, but we have our back-up plans to blood younger goalkeepers," said Negri Sembilan Razak Cup coach S. Chandran.
Kumar, 37, who has been playing in the Razak Cup since 1997, played for his home state last season but Negri lost in the Fifth-Sixth classification 3-7 to Pahang.
"Kumar is expected to undergo a check with the National Sports Institute on May 17, but it is too late to wait for him. We will also field many Malaysia Games players this season, and hopefully the young side will do much better than last year," said Chandran.
Malacca were the surprise package last year when they wobbled into the final, but beat favourites and 2014 champions Perak 1-0 to lift the title.
Negri Sembilan will be holding an Open trial on Saturday at the Seremban II Stadium from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
For more information, call Chandran at 016-3157113 or NSHA secetary P. Tamilselvam at 019-3650303.