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The Nigerian forward, who has been badly missed by Bagan, has been told to take it easy by Karim Bencherifa...

Mohun Bagan’s reliance, or rather over-reliance, on Odafa Okolie is no secret. His mere presence on the pitch adds a surreal bit of vitality to the Bagan squad but without him the Mariners seem to struggle as recent form has shown.

Out of three games played, Bagan have drawn two and lost one, while scoring just one goal. Althought it must be pointed that they are yet to play in the comforts of home this term. It is but obvious that they are missing their talisman upfront. They have now received a massive boost, from Odafa himself, who has said that he is close to optimum fitness.     

Though yet to offer a concrete date for his return, the Mohun Bagan captain elucidated to The Telegraph, “I’m 80 per cent fit now. I want to play the next match but the coach has told me that he’ll not take any risk with me."

Odafa had suffered a quadriceps muscle tear, as the team practiced at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata, on September 5th, but is now back in training.

Odafa says his recovery progress has been nothing short of rapid, while also stating that his team will be deprived of the services of Anyichie Echezona, against Sporting Clube De Goa, on account of his suspension after being subject to a red card in the match against PFC.   

Bagan host Sporting Clube De Goa, at home on October 19th.  

 

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