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Indian football skipper Sunil Chhetri tests positive for Covid-19

Sunil Chhetri donning the Indian national team jersey
Sunil Chhetri donning the Indian national team jersey

The Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri has been tested positive for Covid-19, the 36-year old forward confirmed the same via his Twitter handle.

“In a not-so-happy update, I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. In better news, I feel fine as I continue my recovery from the virus and should be back on a football pitch soon. No better time to keep reminding everyone to continue taking all the safety precautions always.”

Chhetri tweeted

The Indian football team is set to leave for the Middle East on March 15 ahead of their fixtures against Oman and UAE on March 25 and March 29 respectively. With the legendary footballer set for a mandatory quarantine and would require some recovery time period as well, he is set to be left out of the final 28 player list to be released soon after the Indian Super League final.

With Chhetri set to be left out, chances of players like Hitesh Sharma and Bipin Singh making it to the final squad certainly increase and the duo of Manvir Singh and Ishan Pandita would get the chance of playing in their preferred centre-forward role in the upcoming friendlies.

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Angelin Saju

18 Mar, 11:50

Get well soon cap

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