Anas Edathodika and Jobby Justin will not be playing the opening game of the season between Kerala Blasters and ATK in Kochi — their home town — on Sunday.
The two new ATK signings will be serving out their carried-forward suspensions. Anas, playing for the Blasters last season, had been handed a red card in a Hero Super Cup contest against Indian Arrows. He will therefore be free to play after Sunday.
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Justin, on the other hand, had been suspended for six matches by the AIFF disciplinary committee for an on-field spat in the I-League last season. Playing for East Bengal, Justin had an ugly tiff with Aizawl FC defender Kareem Nurain. Justin has served three of his six-match ban already, and will be eligible for selection from November 9, 2019, onwards.
FC Goa midfielder Ahmed Jahouh will also miss the club's first game — against Chennaiyin FC on October 23 — this season. Jahouh had been sent off in the ISL 2018-19 final.