ISL 2020-21: Unfortunate news for ATK Mohun Bagan; Soosairaj likely to miss ISL’s first Kolkata derby

Ahead of the much anticipated Kolkata derby in ATK Mohun Bagan has been hit with unfortunate news. Winger Michael Soosairaj is likely to be sidelined for a month after suffering a knee injury in Friday’s Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) clash against Kerala Blasters.

The 25-year-old is also set to miss the ISL’s first-ever Kolkata derby match when ATK Mohun Bagan takes on rival SC East Bengal on November 27.

Soosairaj, who started the game as the left-wing back, had to be stretchered off in the 13th minute he suffered a knock to his right knee following a tackle from Blasters defender Prasanth Karuthadathkuni.

According to a team source, Soosairaj has a swelling on his knee and will undergo an MRI scan on Sunday to determine the extent of what appears to be a suspected Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury.

Reacting to the incident, ATK Mohun Bagan coach Antonio Habas said, “We have to evaluate Soosairaj’s injury. I think the referee should have called it a foul because the player almost broke his knee. We will provide him full support so that he can try to recover immediately.”

Soosairaj’s injury will come as a blow to ATK Mohun Bagan as striker Jobby Justin has also been ruled out for the entire season owing also due to an ACL injury.