With the Kerala Blasters FC yet to get their first win of this season’s ISL, the club and fans received some unpleasant news. On December 2, KBFC announced that captain Sergio Cidoncha has been ruled out with an ankle injury for an extended duration.
“The club can confirm that captain Sergio Cidoncha has sustained a high-grade ligament tear on both sides of his right ankle, during the goalless draw against Chennaiyin FC, on Sunday, November 29,” KBFC said in an official statement.
During the match, the Spaniard suffered the ankle injury following a tackle by defender Memo Moura.
Karolis Skinkys, the club’s sporting director, said that the 30-year-old Spanish midfielder developed pain and swelling immediately on the field and an MRI revealed the extent of Cidoncha's injury.
“The Spaniard developed pain and swelling immediately on the field following a tackle by Chennaiyin FC defender Memo. An MRI scan conducted on the right ankle revealed the extent of Cidoncha’s injury who is expected to be out for an extended period of time. We are also consulting orthopedic specialists on the scan reports and monitoring the player’s situation with the utmost care,” said Skinkys on the club's official website.
In 2019, Cidoncha joined KBFC after playing one season with Jamshedpur FC in the 2018-19 season. KBFC named Cidoncha as one of the three captains, along with Costa Nhamoinesu and Jessel Carneiro for this season. According to reports, the club will be missing the Spaniard’s services for at least 2-3 months. KBFC will be taking on Goa FC in their upcoming fixture on Sunday (December 6).