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Mohun Bagan not taking Shillong Lajong lightly

Kolkata: Plagued by injuries, former champions Mohun Bagan will look to continue their winning run when they face Shillong Lajong FC in a fourth round encounter at the Salt Lake Stadium on Thursday.

Having held by Minerva by a last-minute equaliser in the season opener, Mohun Bagan have bounced back in style with a derby win followed by a 5-0 thrashing of Churchill Brothers at Barasat. But their big win saw four players sustain injuries on the artificial turf of Barasat.
Japanese Yuta Kinowaki (collarbone) has been ruled out for about a month with Arijit Bagui also on the injured list.
Sony Norde and Ansumana Kromah still have hopes of making it into the squad despite training through pain on the eve of the game.
"It is not a major injury (that I have). I believe in myself. With the treatment, I feel much better. I believe I can play. I watched Lajong's game. They have a good team. They run a lot," Kromah, who scored and assisted a goal in the last game, said. The opposition in its rank has Kromah's Liberian countryman Lawrence Doe.
"Lawrence (Doe) is my senior player. When he started playing I was small. He left the country as his style was not liked by national coach. He is an idol," Kromah said.
Gurjinder Kumar and Shilton D'Silva will look to reprise their roles as Nikhil Kadam has been kept as standby to Norde.
After opening his account with a brace, the spotlight will be on Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka who welcomes his old side as he steps out onto the pitch to play against the team he won the Golden Boot last season with 11 goals for the Reds.

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