Sahal was injured
Sahal Abdul Samad was injured in a tri-nation international friendly match in Vietnam with the Indian National Football Team. In the 38th minute of the match against Vietnam, Sahal Abdul Samad left the field after being injured in the leg by an opponent’s kick. Then another Malayali superstar K. P. Rahul (KP Rahul) reached the field. India lost the match against Vietnam by 3-0.
The injury is not serious
X-rays revealed that the injury was not serious. X-ray showed no fracture of the leg. However, it is reported that five-six days of rest will be required. Another fact is that after five-six days of rest, Sahl Abdul Samad is unlikely to reach the ISL arena. Because the opening match of ISL is on October 7. India x Vietnam match was on 27th. If less than a week of rest is enough, Sahl Abdul Samad can reach the field on October 4-5. If that happens, perhaps the Malayali attacking midfielder will play in the Kerala Blasters x East Bengal opening match.
According to Kerala Blasters FC manager Ivan Vukomanovic’s style, Sahal Abdul Samad may have to sit out the opening match. Because Ivan Vukomanovic is not the type to aggravate injuries by putting players on the field before they are fully healed. Sahal Abdul Samad scored six goals and assisted one goal in the 2021–2022 ISL, Ivan Vukomonovic’s first season with Kerala Blasters FC.
Sahal last season
2021 – 2022 was Sahal Abdul Samad’s best season in ISL history. At the same time, 25-year-old Sahal Abdul Samad is all set to tie the record for most appearances for Kerala Blasters FC in the 2022 – 2023 ISL season. This record is held by Sandesh Jinkan who played 78 matches. Sahal Abdul Samad has made 72 appearances in the ISL and 74 in total for Kerala Blasters FC.