Calcutta, Nov. 9: It’s official now. There will be no Bhaichung Bhutia in Mohun Bagan’s AFC Champions League away match against Taejon City of South Korea to be played Wednesday.
Coach Subrata Bhattacharya admitted it’s a big blow. “What to do' Have to do without him. Defence will be our priority and I’ll use five defenders and three midfielders,” said Subrata Saturday.
“It is a very tough match, but even a narrow defeat in Korea will keep our chances alive.” Subrata’s team leaves on Sunday.
Bhutia, ruled out with a troubled hamstring, is expected to recover before the return leg match here on November 26. Mohun Bagan are going to Korea with 17 players, having already registered Bhutia’s name. Somatai Shaiza has been dropped from the team.
Goalkeepers: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, Bivash Ghosh. Defenders: Dulal Biswas, Lolendra Singh, Satish Bharti, Yakubu, Kajal Bhattacharya, Sumit Sengupta. Midfielders: Basudeb Mondal, Rennedy Singh, Jayanta Sen, Ajay Singh, Gourab Dutta. Forwards: Jose Ramirez Barreto, George Ekeh, Sunil Chhetri, Amar Ganguly.