Sandesh Jhingan will have to wait longer to become the first Indian footballer to play in the first league of the HNL Croatian Champions League. Less than 30 hours before the match against the Rijeka team, Šibenik HNK head coach Mario Rosas revealed that Jhingan was injured.
This comes three days after Jhingan joined the Croatian club amid great pomp. As for the team’s injuries, the coach has ruled out Jhingan and Haitian Christopher Attys, who came on loan from Inter Milan. So far, they are not in dispute.
“Mesa and Julardžija may be missing for the whole season, Bilič will not be there, while Kvesič and Sahiti are questionable. We also need to sort the documentation for Sandesh and Attys. But this will not and should not be an excuse for us, “he said, revealing that Jhingana had been tortured and injured:
“Sandesh did an MRI, the opinions of the doctors are different. According to some, he could continue training next week, but hopefully we will see that it is nothing serious. “
Jhingnan, 28, who was named Indian Footballer of the Year last month, moved to Croatia after moving from ATK Mohun Bagan to HNK Šibenik.
HNK Šibenik, founded on December 1, 1932, returned to the first league last season under new leadership. The club finished sixth in the league, just two places below qualifiers for European competitions.
The club is located in Šibenik, a Dalmatian region in Croatia, a city with impressive fortresses that have been protected for centuries, and the beautiful St. Jacob’s Cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Sandesh arrived on the Indian soccer scene during the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) when he was named a new player to the league in 2014, helping him earn a spot on the senior Indian national team. He made his debut in 2015 against Nepal in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.