FIFA World Cup Qualifier: India announce 23-man final squad for Bangladesh match

India head coach Igor Stimac announced India’s 23-member squad with Sandesh Jhingan missing out. (File)

Team India head coach Igor Stimac announced India’s 23-member squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifier clash against Bangladesh at the VYBK Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Barring Sandesh Jhingan, who suffered an injury in the friendly match against Northeast United FC earlier this week and injured Anwar Ali (Jr), Halicharan Narzary, Farukh Choudhary and Nishu Kumar have been released from the camp.

“Halicharan, Farukh and Nishu gave others a tough run for money and the decision was not an easy one. They came very close to their competitors. It was in fact a tough decision to take,” Stimac explained.

“Sandesh is our Iron-man. He’ll be missed in Kolkata but knowing him, I’m pretty sure, he’ll come back much stronger,” the Croatian added.

Indian National Physio Gigy George also said, “Sandesh has suffered on his left knee ACL tear and need to undergo surgery. It usually takes 6 months for return to sport. He will be monitored constantly during the rehabilitation phase so that he comes back on the field sooner.”