In what is bound to be a shock for East Bengal's fervent supporters, the team have severed the services of Ildar Amirov.
A striker by position, the Kyrgyzstan international fulfilled the Trevor Morgan coached team's Asian player quota in the Red and Golds' ranks.
However, he has now been shown the door after five matches with the reigning Calcutta Football League (CFL) Champions, after failing to impress the coach.
Amirov had scored three goals in his time with the national side, scoring memorably against India in the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) Challenge Cup in 2017. He made two appearances for the Kolkata-based side, scoring none. His last bow in front of the Lal Holud faithful came in the win over current I-League champions Bengaluru FC.
With the departure of the 29 year-old, the Asian player quota in foreign player recruitment is now unreserved and East Bengal will be working speedily to recruit someone in the mould Morgan favours.
In other developments, as many as five of East Bengal's players have been told the club will not stand in their way if they were to leave on loan.
Jiten Murmu, Samad Ali Mallick, Kaushik Sarkar, Prahlad Roy and V P Suhair are the personnel from Morgans squad who have been informed of the developments.