Defending champion Kerala suffered an enormous setback forward of the 76th Santosh Trophy’s last part in Bhubaneswar with news coming in that the group’s ahead M. Viknesh had examined optimistic for a specified substance on the National Games in Gujarat in October.
Viknesh, who examined optimistic for terbutaline, figures within the Kerala group for the National championship’s last part, which begins on February 10, introduced on Saturday.
A specified substance doesn’t name for an computerized suspension nevertheless it could possibly be an enormous danger for the group if it consists of him. Clearly, it’s a very troublesome scenario for the Kerala Football Association and a really tough and disappointing scenario for the participant too.
May get replaced
May get replaced
“I asked him, he says he had a cough and had cough syrup. And he has the doctor’s advice also. But we have not received the official letter yet and if we get a confirmation, we will replace him,” P. Anilkumar, the KFA secretary, instructed The Hindu on Saturday.
“He is a good player and had scored many goals (in the Santosh Trophy’s preliminary phase held recently). As of now he is in the team which has already been announced. The team will be leaving for Bhubaneswar on February 6.”
Twelve groups, divided into two teams, will play within the last part. The semifinals, third-place play-off and the ultimate will likely be performed in Saudi Arabia.
Kerala is in Group ‘A’ that additionally has Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, host Odisha and Punjab.
The Kerala group: Goalkeepers: V. Midhun (Knr), P.A. Ajmal (Mlp), T.V. Alkesh Raj (Tsr). Defenders: M. Manoj, R. Shinu (each Tvm), Ok. Ameen (Mlp), Belgin Bolster (Tvm), U. Mohammed Salim (Mlp), Sachu Siby (Idk), Akhil J. Chandran, G. Sanju (each Ekm). Midfielders: Hrishidhath (Tsr), M. Rashid (Mlp), Gifty C. Gracious (Wyd), Nijo Gilbert (Tvm), Riswan Ali (Ksd), Vishak Mohanan (Ekm), Ok. Abdu Raheem (Mlp), V. Arjun (Wyd). Forwards: M. Viknesh (Tvm), B. Naresh (Ekm), J. John Paul (Tvm).
The groupings: Group ‘A’: Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha, Punjab. Group B: Bengal, Meghalaya, Delhi, Services, Railways, Manipur.
Source web site: www.thehindu.com