Indian talismanic star Sunil Chhetri is set to miss a friendly match against Jordan after taking a grade one ankle injury while playing for Bengaluru FC in Indian Super League against Kerala.
Chhetri took the injury on 5th November when he was attacked by the Indian companion Sandesh Jhinganin on the field during an ISL match. Chhetri’s ankle twisted in the 17th minute of the game. Still, he stayed at the field to help Bengaluru FC to get the victory against Kerala by 2-1.
Chhetri underwent an MRI scan as he was moving uncomfortably after the game. The report was shared with the All India Football Federation (AIFF), and it was decided to give him rest,” said a Bengaluru FC official after the game.
Indian coach Stephen Constantine took this decision of resting Sunil Chhetri as the Asia Cup 2019 is on its way, and Sunil is a must for the team. Indian coach Constantine also handed the captain’s armband to Sandesh Jhinghan in the historic friendly against China.
Sunil Chhetri was named in the probable list of the 30-Man squad against Jordan, but his injury may give a chance to a youngster to play for India.
The first ever friendly against Jordan is scheduled to be played on 17th November in Amman. This is the first time when India will play a friendly with Jordan which are placed on 112th position in FIFA rankings while India are on 97th position.
Goalkeepers: Amrinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Vishal Kaith, Arindam Bhattacharya.
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Sarthak Golui, Nishu Kumar, Sandesh Jhingan, Salam Ranjan Singh, Anas Edathodika, Subhasish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Narayan Das.
Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Pronay Halder, Nikhil Poojary, Rowllin Borges, Jackichand Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Halicharan Narzary, Germanpreet Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Bikash Jairu.
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Farukh Choudhary, Sumeet Passi, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh.