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India vs Myanmar: Balwant Singh replaced by Manvir Singh

03:00 EAT 08/11/2017
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The Mumbai City FC striker picked up an ankle injury during the preparatory camp in Spain…

In what will be a massive blow to Team India’s preparations for the upcoming 2019 Asian Cup qualifier tie against Myanmar on November 14, Balwant Singh has been ruled out due to an ankle injury.

The Punjab-born striker attended the training session on Tuesday but remained on the sidelines after having submitted the MRI reports to the Indian team’s medical staff.

Balwant is expected to leave for Punjab on Wednesday morning in order to recover in time for Mumbai City FC’s first ISL match against Bengaluru FC at the Kanteerava Stadium on October 19. The former JCT striker has been in rich vein of form for the national team having scored thrice in his last three outings.

Meanwhile, Manvir Singh has been recalled into the Indian team as a replacement. The FC Goa striker has been in rich vein of form during the pre-season with his most latest goal coming against Kolkata’s East Bengal.

India are already without the services of Nikhil Poojary, who has been ruled out for at least four months following an ACL injury and Rowllin Borges, who has a knock in his knee and is expected to be out of NorthEast United’s opening ISL game against Jamshedpur FC on October 18.