EAST BENGAL DEFENDER Gurwinder Singh is still struggling with the injury he picked up during last year's ISL.
Playing for Kerala Blasters, Gurwinder suffered a major injury in an early October game against Atletico de Kolkata. The heel bone in his right foot got cracked and he had to miss out on the rest of the private tournament, as well as the I-League season and Federation Cup campaign of East Bengal.
The Blasters replaced him in their roster and that was it from the ISL franchise, while his place in East Bengal remained safe; although he was no longer their captain.
Gurwinder is a part of the East Bengal squad for the upcoming Calcutta Football League but his injury issues are still bothering him. The club is going through its pre-season at the Howrah Stadium and on Sunday he was so uncomfortable he could not take part in the practice. The club physio is looking into the matter and there remains hope that he will be fit to play by the time the CFL kicks off on 24th July.
But Gurwinder's injury, coming hot in the heels of several players taking ill during the Red and Golds' residential camp at Kalyani, is causing a lot of concern among the club officials who are throwing their full weight behind the team to make sure East Bengal can win a historic and record-setting 7th straight CFL title this season.