Setback for India and Kerala Blasters as Jhingan suffers injury

Big blow
The 26-year-old Jhingan is a key figure in the Blasters' backline. File photo

Kolkata: Defender Sandesh Jhingan was on Thursday ruled out of India's Group E FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh to be played at the Saltlake Stadium here on Tuesday.

The right-back, who made an impact in India's gallant goalless draw with Qatar last month, sustained an ankle injury during a friendly against NorthEast United FC in Guwahati on Wednesday.

"Owing to an injury sustained in the friendly game against NEUFC, Sandesh Jhingan has been ruled out from the forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh on October 15. We wish him a speedy recovery," the All India Football Federation tweeted.

Jhingan's absence will a big setback for India as it is already suffering from injury concerns to defensive midfielder Pronay Halder and Rahul Bheke.

The Indian team will reach Kolkata on Sunday.

Big blow for Blasters

Meanwhile, Jhingan's injury has come as a big blow for ISL team Kerala Blasters too. Blasters take on ATK in the inaugural match of ISL Season 6 on October 20.

It is almost certain that Jhingan will miss the team's opening game and the next match against Mumbai City FC on October 24.

The 26-year-old is a key figure in the Blasters' backline.

(With inputs from PTI)