Kolkata: East Bengal will look to revive
their sagging morale with the return of their three key
players when they take on JCT in a Round 18 return-leg fixture
of the I-League at Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Wednesday.
Having suffered two losses and a draw in their recent
outings, East Bengal`s campaign in the league has been
derailed but coach Trevor James Morgan will be at ease with
the trio of Mehtab Hussain, Orji Penn and Uga Okpara making a
Even as their midfield and defence will get a boost after
the return of the trio, Morgan will have a tough time
mobilising their strike force that has been weakened after the
absence of Australian Tolgay Ozbey and Delhi lad Robin Singh.
Their leading striker Ozbey, having picked an ankle
injury during their AFC Cup match, has been ruled out for
about a week while the mercurial Singh is with the Indian
squad for the pre-Olympic qualifiers in Myanmar.
It will be interesting to see how Morgan motivates Baljit
Singh Sahni and Biswarup Deb as he will look to use Penn as a
a withdrawn striker.
Languishing at the 11th place with 14 points from 16
matches, JCT, on the other hand, have no such concerns as the
Nigerian forward Daniel Bedemi alongwith Badru Ibrahim will
look to give them the full points.
Eight points shy of leaders Salgaocar, third-placed East
Bengal have 32 points from 16 matches.