Chhetri return to bolster Mohun Bagan

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2012, 19:19 PM IST

Kolkata: Bolstered by the return of a fit-again Sunil Chhetri, Mohun Bagan would look to arrest their slide when they take on a struggling Pailan Arrows in their return leg I-League fixture at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan.

After missing out for more than a month because of an ankle injury, Chhetri returned to action yesterday, scoring in Mohun Bagan`s win over Southern Samity in the local league.

With star striker Odafa Okolie in sublime form, the return of Chhetri will add sting to the Mohun Bagan attack against the AIFF outfit, winless from 16 matches.

The match will also see return of Jewel Raja and Rakesh Masih, just to brighten their chance of returning to winning track having suffered two defeats on the trot in previous matches.

Their loss against United SC had earned brickbats from the frenzied fans but Odafa hopes that bouquets would follow soon.

"There is nothing lost, and we are aware of the situation. We are confident to return to winning ways and the boos will be a thing of past," Odafa said.

Still in search of that elusive win, the Arrows who were handed a 1-3 defeat in the first leg however were not intimated by Mohun Bagan, technical director Sukhwinder Singh said.

"No one can deny that Mohun Bagan are a big team. We did lose to East Bengal in our last match. But I think we are definitely improving."

"We have scored thrice in our last two matches. In the first-leg, we were not able to convert the chances that came our way. I feel the strikers are prepared for the challenge."

"We are yet to secure a win and we stay desperate for it. Hopefully, we will get it against Mohun Bagan. We won`t be intimidated by our rivals in any way," Singh said.

On the points tally, Mohun Bagan have 27 to lie on seventh, while the Arrows (7) sit ahead of bottom placed HAL, Bangalore.

PTI