Sunil Chhetri to miss Jordan friendly due to ankle injury

Sunil Chhetri picked up an ankle injury after a tackle from Sandesh Jinghan during the ISL encounter between Kerala Blasters and Bengaluru FC last week.

Bengaluru FC's Sunil Chhetri vies for possession during the match against Kerala Blasters in Kochi. Chhetri suffered an ankle injury during the match and is likely to sit out of India's friendly against Jordan.   -  H. Vibhu

India’s leading goal-scorer, Sunil Chhetri has been ruled out of the international friendly against Jordan to be played in Amman on November 17 after suffering an ankle injury in the ongoing Indian Super League.

Indian national team physiotherapist Gigy George informed that Chhetri has been advised rest and hence, hasn’t reported to the ongoing preparatory camp in New Delhi.

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"The BFC medical team have shared the MRI reports and medical assessments and we have scrutinised them thoroughly. Sunil needs rest of around two weeks and proper rehabilitation after which he can get back to training,” Gigy said.

National team doctor Shervin Sheriff said: "He can't travel with this injury as it's a weight-bearing joint. He needs to have proper rest along with the rehab programme for a speedy recovery. We are closely monitoring the situation and following it up with the club medical team and Sunil himself."

The 35-year-old picked up the injury while playing for Bengaluru FC against Kerala Blasters in the ISL last week.

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The Bengaluru captain sprinted his way past opposition defender Sandesh Jhingan to score his side’s opening goal. While Chhetri managed to find the back of the net and bag his 25th goal in the ISL, he clutched his ankle and limped for a while after Jhingan’s crunching tackle caught him in the ankle. Chhetri, however, continued to play the entire game and led his team to a 2-1 victory.

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