Chennaiyin FC’s Rafael Crivellaro to play no further part in Hero ISL 2021-22 season due to injury

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Rafael Crivellaro will not play further part in this season of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) due to injury concerns, Chennaiyin FC announced in a media release on Thursday.

The club and player have both decided to mutually part ways for the remainder of the season.

The former Chennaiyin FC captain will however be back with the team next season as per his two year contract.

Despite missing most of last season, the Brazilian had extended his stay at Chennaiyin FC. However, after arriving in Goa for the Hero ISL 2021-22 pre-season, he suffered a Grade 2 muscle injury in training.

“It doesn’t feel good to leave the team like this. But I have to work on myself. And we decided that it was best to do so at home, with my other family. I am only temporarily leaving and will be behind the boys every step of the way. I cannot wait to get back and play in Chennai next season. My love to the fans,” Crivellaro said. 

Crivellaro last featured for the club almost a year to this day on December 29, 2020 against ATK Mohun Bagan. After suffering an ankle injury during that game, he was forced to leave the bio-bubble for home to recover and continue his rehabilitation.

The Brazilian joined the club on September 3, 2019 and played a key role in Chennaiyin FC reaching the final of the Hero ISL 2019-20. In the two and a half seasons as a Marina Machan, he made 27 appearances, scoring eight goals, providing nine assists and much more off the field.

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