Injury again! Mohun Bagan's old nightmare is back

Courtesy: India National Football Team Media

Indian National Football Team is all set to face Malaysia National Football Team at the 42nd Merdeka Cup in Malaysia on the 13th October 2023. But before that, there is a worrying news for all of us. According to some sources, 3 Mohun Bagan Players are probably carrying injuries. Subhajit Majumder of Anandabazar Patrika first broke the news yesterday. Today, Indian National Football Team Head Coach, Igor Stimac confirmed it.

Mohun Bagan is playing in 4 competitions this season. In Calcutta Football League they have fielded their reserve team. But in Durand Cup, AFC Cup and ISL they have fielded their best 11 possible. The senior team of Mohun Bagan has already played 13 matches so far and won 12 of them. Also they won the prestigious Durand Cup trophy for the record 17th time recently. On the 7th October Mohun Bagan have played their final game before the first International break of the season against Chennaiyin FC. With a flying performance from the players Mohun Bagan won the match with a 3-1 scoreline. On 9th October the 7 National Team players from Mohun Bagan team (Vishal Kaith, Anwar Ali, Subhasish Bose, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul Samad, Manvir Singh, and Liston Colaco) flied to Malaysia for the Merdeka Cup.

Courtesy: India National Football Team Media

Playing that amount of matches in a very short time can create problems for Mohun Bagan like injuries and fatigue. Although Mohun Bagan's fitness and conditioning coach Sergi Morera did a great job, still little injury problem is almost impossible to prevent. That's what happened in this case. Yesterday Igor Stimac said about this, “We have a squad of 23 here in Malaysia, but four of our players – Anwar Ali, Subhasish Bose, Manvir Singh, and Brandon Fernandes – are carrying injuries from their club engagements.”
Subhasish Bose: Our captain is going through some issues since Durand Cup. He has some fever before the Durand Cup final and also injured his shoulder in the final. “I was playing with fever. I injured my shoulder at the end moments of the match. And that was so much that I was seeing a complete blur in my eyes. That's how I played the last few minutes.  Because I had to play. After the match, the body felt very bad"- he said. For that shoulder injury he missed the Kings Cup with National Team. After recovery he injured himself again in training but this time in his left leg near heel region. Still he played every game till now this season. Recently he played 88 minutes against Chennaiyin FC which proves that his injury isn't major. Hope he is fine and will recover soon.

Anwar Ali: Anwar Ali played almost every single match in this season. He is a rock at the back. He played back to back 13 matches for Mohun Bagan and 2 for the Country. He recently played 64 minutes against Maziya in AFC Cup and 71 & 62 minutes against Bengaluru & Chennaiyin respectively. That's shows he is not fit for full 90. Hope he will recover soon. 

Manvir Singh: In the case of Manvir Singh, he also played 13 out of 13 matches for Mohun Bagan and 2 for the country. He played full 90 in his last match against Chennaiyin FC. Maybe he got some little knock against Chennaiyin. Fatigue can also be the reason for him. Let's see the next reports.
Mohun Bagan is going to play 40-50 matches this season. So the injuries can easily derail their important season. Ashique Kuruniyan has been already out with a season long ACL injury. Mohun Bagan can't afford more injuries if they want to win major trophies this season. We can just hope for the best.
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