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I-League 2017-18: Mohun Bagan's Sony Norde might need to undergo surgery

09:44 GMT 03/01/2018
Sony Norde Mohun Bagan NEROCA FC I-League 2017/2018
The Haitian winger is in Mumbai to seek consultation for an injury he sustained in a match against Churchill Brothers at the Barasat Stadium...

Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan have been handed another setback a day after head coach Sanjoy Sen resigned from his post after a 2-1 home loss to Chennai City FC in the 2017-18 I-League on Tuesday.

Star foreigner Sony Norde has left for Mumbai to consult leading orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Anant Joshi in relation to a meniscus tear on his right knee. Preliminary reports suggest a surgery will be required, however, Norde and the club's management have decided to pursue the matter further with Dr. Joshi who has treated the player in the past along with some high-profile names of the sporting fraternity in India.

Sources suggest if Norde undergoes a surgery, he is eyeing a return to the pitch by 21st January when they take on arch rivals East Bengal at the Salt Lake Stadium in a Kolkata derby.

Appointed captain of the Bagan side this season, Norde first injured his knee around the 70th minute mark in a home game at the Barasat Stadium against Churchill Brothers on 10th December. He, however, continued to play and went on to score a goal but was rested for the following game against Shillong Lajong.

He started in the goalless stalemate against NEROCA FC but had to be stretchered off during the game after his injury aggravated. He has not taken to the field since and the team's fortunes have only gone south thereafter. 

Physical trainer Samiran Nag too has put in his papers at the club following Sanjoy Sen's exit as the mantle of the senior side has been handed to Shankarlal Chakraborty, who has been elevated from his former role of assistant coach. The Green and Maroons next take on the title-holders Aizawl FC at home on Sunday.