Mridul Banerjee injured in first training session

East Bengal’s newly-appointed coach Mridul Banerjee got injured during his very first training session with the club, a ruptured Achilles tendon ruling him out for four weeks and adding to its woes.

The former Mohammedan Sporting AFC-A License holder coach tumbled on the field in an awkward manner after his foot landed on an uneven surface.   -  Sanjoy Ghosh

East Bengal’s newly-appointed coach Mridul Banerjee got injured during his very first training session with the club, a ruptured Achilles tendon ruling him out for four weeks and adding to its woes.

East Bengal appointed the Santosh Trophy-winning coach on an interim basis, his tenure fixed till the Federation Cup.

With less than a month to go for the Federation Cup, the 56-year-old’s injury comes as a huge blow for the Kolkata giant.

“I’ve ruptured my Achilles tendon and will be out of action for at least four weeks. I wanted to give it all for East Bengal in the remainder season but such a big opportunity is wasted in such a cruel manner,” an emotional Banerjee said after he was discharged from the hospital.

The former Mohammedan Sporting AFC-A License holder coach tumbled on the field in an awkward manner after his foot landed on an uneven surface.

Banerjee was named coach less than 12 hours after Englishman Trevor Morgan shot off a resignation letter following a string of losses, including a humiliating defeat against Mohun Bagan.

A 1-0 defeat to DSK Shivajians on April 16, its latest, meant its I-League title hopes were dashed.

East Bengal is third on the table with 27 points from 16 fixtures, below Aizawl FC and Mohun Bagan.