Indian football team: Injured Sunil Chhetri to miss Jordan tie

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The Blue Tigers' most capped player suffered an ankle injury while playing for his club Bengaluru FC in the ISL...

Indian national team stalwart Sunil Chhetri will miss the upcoming away international friendly against Jordan on 17 November in Amman, Goal has learnt.

The 34-year-old suffered a grade one ankle injury while playing for his club side Bengaluru FC in the 2018-19 Indian Super League (ISL).  

Chhetri pulled up immediately after scoring a goal in the 17th minute against Kerala Blasters on November 5 as he was tackled by Sandesh Jhingan. Despite moving gingerly for the next few minutes after the goal was scored, he played for the rest of the game as his side picked up a 2-1 win. 

The Bengaluru FC striker was included in the 30-man probables list announced by head coach Stephen Constantine three days before the match in Kochi.

It now appears that Chhetri, who holds the record for the most capped India senior player, will not earn his 104th cap against the middle-eastern side that are ranked 112th in the world, 15 places below India.

While the injury is not that serious, Constantine would not take any risks whatsoever with the 2019 Asian Cup just around the corner in January.

"Chhetri underwent an MRI scan as he was moving uncomfortably after the game. The report was shared with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and it was decided to give him rest," informed a Bengaluru FC official.

It remains to be seen when Chhetri returns to action with Bengaluru FC playing FC Goa on 22 November. India's all-time top goalscorer, with 65 to his name already, has scored four goals this ISL season.