Big blow for India as Robin Singh is set to miss rest of SAFF Cup

Big blow for India as Robin Singh is set to miss rest of SAFF Cup

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Indian striker Robin Singh, who scored a brace in the 2-0 win over Sri Lanka in India's first match of the SAFF Cup, is set to miss the rest of the tournament with a knee injury. His absence will be a big blow for the Indian team, who are scheduled to face Maldives in the semi-final on December 31 at Thiruvananthapuram.

"Yesterday's (December 28) MRI revealed that his knee problem is a bit more serious than we had expected. The doctors have advised us that he will need 10 days of rest before undergoing another MRI. It's a blow and a loss for us. He had started to score for the national team on the regular basis and is such a hard working guy," India's coach Stephen Constantine was quoted as saying by IANS.

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Posted by Indian Football Team on Monday, December 28, 2015

The 25-year-old picked up the injury while scoring his second goal in the opening game. Initially, it was perceived as a minor injury, with Constantine resting the striker during their 4-1 win over Nepal on December 27.

The Delhi Dynamos striker has been in good form recently, and his winner against Guam on November 12, handed over the national team their first win in the World Cup Qualifiers. SAFF Cup guidelines will also not allow India to replace the forward for the upcoming semi-final game, which means Constantine will now have 19 players in the squad – three of whom are goalkeepers. (Read: Lallianzuala Chhangte – ‘the new kid on the block in Indian football’)

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