The right-back got injured in the side’s last away match against FC Goa and was subbed off in the 22nd minute. After the medical reports came in, the management were made aware of the severity of his injury.
“The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of Denzil has been damaged. The doctor has told us that he will need at least six weeks of rest and chances are little that he will be playing in this ISL again,” a senior official of the franchise told Goal after the match against Kerala Blasters.
Today @atletidekolkata vs Kerala.Not just 3 points,a victory we'd like to bring to our teammate Denzil Franco.Wish you a fast recovery mate.— Luis Garcia (@LuchoGarcia14) October 26, 2014
In a brilliant gesture to show support to the Goan player, Atletico de Kolkata players held Denzil’s jersey while coming out of the tunnel on Sunday, similar to what the Brazil side had done in the World Cup semi-finals this year to mark Neymar’s absence.
Biswajit Saha, the other regular full-back of the side is also recovering from an injury he suffered in the last match.
“Five stitches in my head, but I was fit enough to play today. This eight-day rest will help me get fit completely,” the left-back told Goal.