India announce preliminary 28-man squad for AFC Asian Cup; Sahal misses out

Indian national team head coach Stephen Constantine has named a 28-man squad which will fly to Abu Dhabi for the preliminary preparations for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in UAE, which will begin in January. The final 23-man team is expected to be announced later.

Constantine had named a 34-man probables squad for a preparatory camp, which was held earlier this week. The likes of Sahal Abdul Samad and Komal Thatal, who were selected for the camp, have missed out on the trip to UAE.

Nishu Kumar and Jerry Lalrinzuala have also been ruled out of the squad owing to injury. The Indian national team have two and a half weeks of preparation before they play Thailand on January 6.

As part of their preparation, the Blue Tigers will also face off against Oman on December 27.

Here’s the 28-man squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Arindam Bhattacharja, Vishal Kaith

DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Lalruatthara, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sarthak Golui, Subhasish Bose, Narayan Das

MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Jackichand Singh, Pronay Halder, Vinit Rai, Rowllin Borges, Anirudh Thapa, Germanpreet Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Halicharan Narzary, Lallianzuala Chhangte

FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh, Farukh Choudhary, Sumeet Passi

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