ISL: Pune City marquee player Gudjohnsen ruled out

The 38-year-old Iceland international, who has played for top European clubs such as Chelsea and FC Barcelona, has suffered an injury during a pre-season training session.

Eidur Gudjohnsen did not participate in FC Pune City’s practice match against Ozone FC earlier this week.   -  AP

FC Pune City on Sunday suffered a massive blow ahead of the third season of the Indian Super League as its marquee player Eidur Gudjohnsen has been ruled out of the tournament due to an injury.

The 38-year-old Iceland international, who has played for top European clubs such as Chelsea and FC Barcelona, has suffered an injury during a pre-season training session.

Club sources said Gudjohnsen, a former Iceland captain with 88 international caps under his belt, is returning home on Monday. ISL kicks off on October 1 in Guwahati.

The ace forward did not participate in FC Pune City’s practice match against Ozone FC earlier this week.

FC Pune City is on the lookout for a replacement ahead of its ISL’s opening fixture against Mumbai City FC on October 3 at Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune.

Club officials are expected to make an official announcement tomorrow.