Calcutta: After a sloppy display against Pune FC in their previous game, Mohammedan Sporting seem to be in for a tougher battle, on Saturday, against Salgaocar FC, at the Salt Lake Stadium.
They may have to do without striker Joshimar in this Airtel I-League tie. The Brazilian is down with a back injury and chances are slim that he would be able to be part of the playing XI. Rakesh Masih and Ashim Biswas, too, are as good as ruled out, which makes Mohammedan Sporting’s task of returning to winning ways in this I-League all the more difficult.
Syed Rahim Nabi will play up front with Japanese recruit Taro Hasegawa, while Collin Abranches and Israil Gurung could be the ones to replace Manish and Ashim.
Mohammedan Sporting’s real battle, though, will be against fatigue. “We have been playing continuously over the last few weeks. We’re tired. But inspite of that, we have to keep on playing. At this level, we can’t offer any excuses.
“Club officials need to address this matter. I’m sure they will,” said Nabi, on Friday.
Coach Sanjay Sen, however, admitted that the loss to Pune FC was a reality check. “We will not give any excuses. But unlike knockout matches where you are out after a bad performance, we can get back to a good position in the league by winning one or two matches. That will be our target starting from the Salgaocar game,” Sen said.