East Bengal coach Mridul Banerjee injured on first day in training
East Bengal's newly-appointed coach Mridul Banerjee got injured during his very first training session with the club, a "ruptured" Achilles tendon ruling him out for four weeks and adding to its woes. Out of I-League title race, East Bengal appointed the Santosh Trophy-winning coach on an interim basis, his tenure fixed till the Federation Cup. With less than a month to go for the Federation Cup, the 56-year-old suffered the injury on his left foot. "I've ruptured my Achilles tendon and will be out of action for at least four weeks. I wanted to give it all for East Bengal in the remainder season but such a big opportunity is wasted in such a cruel manner," Banerjee said after he was discharged from the hospital. The former Mohammedan Sporting AFC-A License holder coach tumbled on the field in an awkward manner after his foot landed on an uneven surface.