Adrian Luna is resting after undergoing knee surgery. Kerala Blasters said through a press release that Luna recovers as soon as possible. There are no confirmations on whether the Uruguayan playmaker will return to the ISL this season. Kompanmar tried to get attacking midfielder Marcelo Nicolas Lodero Benitez from Uruguay to replace Luna. However, his transfer agent Gerardo Cano said that this transfer will not take place.
Marcelo Nicolás Lodero Benitez is not considering playing in a new foreign country for the time being, the agent has revealed. 34-year-old Marcelo Nicolas Lodero Benitez is a player for the Seattle Sounders, an American Major League Soccer club. This Uruguayan player has been playing for the Major League Soccer club since 2016.
The midfielder moved to the United States after playing for the Argentinian super club Boca Juniors in the 2015-2016 season. It is also worth noting that Nicolas Lodero’s contract with the Seattle Sounders only runs until December 31, 2023.
Not only the lack of interest in reaching India, it is also noteworthy that the market value of this attacking midfielder is Rs 12 crores. It is believed that Kerala Blasters FC will not be able to pay such a heavy reward at present.
The Uruguayan made 231 appearances for Seattle Sounders FC. Scored 58 goals and assisted 62 goals. He made 51 appearances for Boca Juniors, scoring 11 goals and assisting 14 goals.
Adrian Luna is not the only one who has to sit out the 2023-2024 season due to injury in Kerala Blasters FC. Aibanba Dohling, Jackson Singh and Freddie Lalammawa are all out with injuries. Australian player Joshua Sotirio returned home after suffering an injury during pre-season training.
Meanwhile, Kerala Blasters FC’s next match in the ISL is against Mumbai City FC on December 24. This match will be played at the home ground, Kalur Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Blasters are second in the league with 20 points from 10 matches. Mumbai City are fifth with 16 points from eight matches. Mumbai is one of the three unbeaten clubs so far. Earlier, Kerala Blasters lost to Mumbai in the away match.
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