East Bengal’s injury woes on rise


SC East Bengal's Darren Sidoel is a doubt for the FC Goa clash
SC East Bengal’s Darren Sidoel is a doubt for the FC Goa clash

ISL 2021-22: East Bengal vs FC Goa – SC East Bengal are yet to win a single game this Indian Super League season. To add to their woes, the entire squad has been decimated with injuries with quite a few players, including key midfielders like Mohammed Rafique and Darren Sidoel, doubtful for their clash against FC Goa on December 7. Follow SCEB vs FCG Live and ISL Live on InsideSport.IN

Long-term absentees include the likes of striker Balwant Singh, defender Ankit Mukherjee and skipper Arindam Bhattacharya. Now things have been further complicated by the injuries of midfielders Mohammed Rafique and Darren Sidoel. Both suffered hamstring injuries in the previous encounter against Chennaiyin FC.

ISL 2021-22: SC East Bengal camp decimated by injuries, key midfielders doubts ahead of FC Goa game

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ISL 2021-22: SC East Bengal camp decimated by injuries, key midfielders doubts ahead of FC Goa game

Coach Manolo Diaz has already mentioned that Jackichand Singh is not yet ready while quite a few players like Adil Khan are not yet ready to play for the entire duration of 90 minutes due to their fitness levels.

“We started our preparations quite late as compared to other teams. We also have a very demanding schedule wherein we play almost every three days. We need to keep changing our squad and try to keep players refreshed,” coach Manolo Diaz commented during the pre-match conference ahead of their game against FC Goa.

Even the return dates of the injured players have not been mentioned by the team management and it remains to be seen when the coach can finally claim that SC East Bengal are fully injury-free.

ISL 2021-22: SC East Bengal camp decimated by injuries, key midfielders doubts ahead of FC Goa game

Both SC East Bengal and FC Goa are struggling and will be eyeing their first win of the season. Second from bottom SC East Bengal will play their fifth straight game at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, their ‘home’ this season against bottom-placed FC Goa.

 



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