ISL: Injured Freddie Ljungberg may be out for a month

Mumbai City FC's woes in the inaugural edition of the eight-franchise Indian Super League (ISL) seem to be never-ending.

The city franchise missed star striker Nicolas Anelka's services for the first three matches of the ISL as he was serving a ban for a controversial gesture during an English Premier League game last season.

Freddie Ljungberg
Freddie Ljungberg

Then, captain Syed Rahim Nabi injured his ankle in their season opener against Atletico de Kolkata — an injury that kept him out of action for two matches.

And now it has emerged that marquee player Freddie Ljungberg could be out for almost four weeks due to a hamstring injury that the Swede sustained during the team's clash with NorthEast United FC at Navi Mumbai's DY Patil Stadium last Friday.

"According to the tests that were carried out on Freddie, he has a Grade I injury. This type of injury could keep him out of action for nearly four weeks. But the franchise has gone in for a second opinion and its results are awaited," said a team official who did not wish to be named.

If the injury does take four weeks to heal, Mumbai's marquee man could miss as many as six matches — Kerala Blasters FC (Nov 2), Delhi Dynamos (Nov 5), FC Goa (Nov 9), Kerala Blasters FC (Nov 12), FC Goa (Nov 17), Chennaiyin FC (Nov 23).

Ljungberg missed Mumbai's first game with a calf strain that he sustained during a training session at the Cooperage. He came off the bench as a substitute twice thereafter before injuring his hamstring.

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