Kerala Blasters midfielder Sahal Abdul Samad provided a crucial assist in his return to action after a month-long injury lay-off in the Indian Super League match against SC East Bengal at the GMC Athletic Stadiumin Bambolim on Sunday.
Sahal last took the field in Kerala's opening game defeat against ATK Mohun Bagan on November 20 and missed the next five matches after he picked a quad strain.
Head coach Kibu Vicuna introduced the 23-year-old at the start of the second half as Kerala was looking to overturn a 0-1 deficit against East Bengal. In the dying minutes of the game, Sahal provided the cross for Jeakson Singh to head in an equaliser to salvage a draw for his side.
Sahal is among the brightest talents in Indian football and a fan favourite in Kerala.
Blasters are without a win in six matches -- their worst start to an ISL season.
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