The co-owned Indian Super League club FC Pune City suffered twin setbacks before the upcoming ISL with their marquee player Eidur Gudjohnsen and midfielder Andre Bikey ruled out of the event due to injuries.
While Gudjohnsen has picked an ankle injury in his left leg, Bikey has injured his tendon that effectively ends their campaign with the club for the season.
FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said this was a big loss for the club. "Eidur is the leader of the team and both him and Andre are excellent players and amazing human beings. It's a rude shock to me to learn about their injuries and their presence will be missed by everyone in the club. Eidur is very disappointed himself," he said.
"What was an exciting start to my new journey in India with FC Pune City, has come to an abrupt end unfortunately.
Just a few days back, on my left ankle, what I thought was a niggle, turned out to be more than that," added Gudjohnsen. Expressing his disappointment, Gudjohnsen wished the best to his team management and teammates. "My heartfelt gratitude and best wishes go to the FC Pune City management, my team mates and coach Habas who put so much faith in me as their marquee player.