Friday is a very special match for Kerala Blasters fans. What makes this game so special for Manjappada fans is the return of coach Ivan Vukomanovic after a 10 match ban. In Evan’s absence, assistant coach Frank Dowan coached Kerala Blasters in the first four games of the season. At the same time, Ivan Vukomanović also participated in the press conference held before the match. While talking to the media, he also shared a piece of information that disappointed the fans.
Croatian superstar Marko Leskovic will not be with Kerala Blasters for the match against Odisha FC on Friday. Ivan Vukomanovic clarified that Lesko was not available for selection in this match as he was injured. The Blasters coach stated that we cannot take any risk in the case of Lesko and we will have to wait a little more in the case of the player. This is a big disappointment for Kerala Blasters fans.
Due to injury, Lesko has not been able to play a single match in the 10th season of ISL. Milos Drincic, who played in the defense in Lesko’s absence, put in a solid performance. But Drincic is currently facing a three-match suspension for his red card against Mumbai City. Due to this, he missed the last match and will have to miss two more games. Now that Lesko will not play, it is certain that Blasters will not have a foreign player in their central defense against Odisha FC.
Earlier, Marko Leskovic was injured during the Durand Cup, the first tournament of the season. Lesko returned after recovering from a right leg muscle injury but re-injured the injury during the pre-season in the UAE. Due to this, he was out of the field for a long time.
At the same time, apart from Marko Leskovic, the team’s Indian superstar Jackson Singh has also been confirmed not to play against Odisha. Speaking to the media, Ivan Vukomanovic stated that Jackson, who was injured during the game against Mumbai City FC, is going to undergo a very important treatment. But he did not give any updates on his comeback as a player.
After playing four matches in the 2023-24 season Indian Super League, Kerala Blasters are at the fourth position in the league with seven points. They won two and drew one and lost one game. Blasters’ opponents Odisha FC in the next game are currently seventh in the points table. They have four points from three games.
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