Dempo SC defender Debabrata Roy could be sidelined for a month

Armando Colaco, the Dempo SC coach, has revealed that the left back might have seriously hurt his ankle while ruing further injuries to his side...
Only around a week back, Dempo SC were hit by Mahesh Gawli's injury which ruled out the former India centre-back for at least a few weeks, while last Friday's clash against ONGC FC resulted in yet another injury blow to the Goan giants with Debabrata Roy being the latest casualty.

"Debabrata [Roy] and Koko [Sakibo] won't be able to play. Koko got a hamstring (injury) but he forcefully said that he wanted to play. Clifford [Miranda] also got a hamstring (injury) and I don't know if he will be fit for the next match," Armando Colaco feared.

"I have to carry on," he continued. "Debabrata's injury (left ankle) is very serious. He could be out for around a month. That (Bimal Minj's tackle) should have been a red card."

Dempo midfielder Ryuji Sueoka is also yet to completely recover from a muscle injury, while the signing of Prathamesh Maulingkar from Pailan Arrows could bring some relief for The Eagles.

The defending champions came into the game after handing out a 7-0 thrashing to United Sikkim after having failed to score in three consecutive matches. The 1-1 result against ONGC didn't do them any favours in the title race as they are four points behind Churchill Brothers, the league leaders, having played a game more.

"Sometimes, from nowhere the ball goes in. Sometimes from close, it doesn't go in. But in the end I'm happy with at least one point [against ONGC]. The beauty is that the boys played well," said the 59-year-old.

"Winning or losing is part of the match. I'm very happy that the boys, despite their injuries, worked hard together. In the second half, we were a transformed side. We really gave our best. At the end, football was the winner. They also played well, we also played well and so nobody deserved to lose," he added.

"We had more chances to score the winner. In this game, the ball wasn't going in. So what to do!," Colaco concluded.

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