NorthEast United duo Sasha Aneff and Fabio Neves ruled out for Kerala Blasters match.

The John Abraham co-owned outfit have received a huge blow with news of their two foreign signings Sasha Aneff and Fabio Neves picking up injuries. NorthEast United FC will miss out on the services of the duo when they face Kerala Blasters next weekend in Guwahati in the Indian Super League Season 3 opener.

Aneff started his professional career in Uruguay, playing for local clubs Defensor Sporting and Racing Club De Montevideo. He also featured for a number of clubs in Bulgaria, Slovenia and Croatia. His most successful spell came when he played in the Slovenian first division for NK Domzale where he scored 9 goals in 32 appearances.

 He was then moved on loan to Croatian first division team NK Osijek, where in a short period of time he made eight appearances, scoring two goals. The 24-year old has also been capped by the Uruguayan under-20 side.

Nevez, on the other hand, has played for the likes of Caldense and Botafogo-PB. The Brazilian was last seen in action for South Korean club Gwangju FC in the K-League top division.

Eidur Gudjohnsen a doubt for FC Pune City’s opener this season

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 03: Kingsley Coman of France and Eidur Gudjohnsen of Iceland compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between France and Iceland at Stade de France on July 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 03: Kingsley Coman of France and Eidur Gudjohnsen of Iceland compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between France and Iceland at Stade de France on July 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

FC Pune City will be keen to right all the wrongs of the last two seasons and begin their Indian Super League (ISL) campaign on the right note. They begin proceedings with a home game against Mumbai City FC.

However, after a pre-season stint in Spain under new coach Antonio Habas, the club have a couple of injury issues to deal with.

Marquee signing Eidur Gudjohnsen did not feature in their 2-1 win over Ozone FC a few days back and hasn’t been training with the squad. Habas will be hoping that the former Chelsea striker returns to full fitness ahead of their derby clash on the 3rd of October.

Adding to their injury woes, Andre Bikey, who joined the Maratha Stallions after a stint with NorthEast United FC, has also picked up an injury. This will certainly be a massive blow to the Pune outfit who only have Edardo Ferreira as the other recognised foreign centre-back in the squad.

According to Goal, the Pune boss had been slapped with a four-match ban by the All India Football Federation’s Disciplinary Committee and a fine of Rs. 5 lakhs for his antics during the second leg of the semi-finals at the Salt Lake Stadium against Chennaiyin FC last season.

As a consequence, he will serve a touchline ban for Pune’s games against Mumbai City FC, FC Goa, NorthEast United FC and Kerala Blasters.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu hails scouting programme or FIFA under-17 World Cup

India's goalie Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (C) and player Arnad Kumar Mondal (R) look on as Guam's Shane Andre Malcom attempts a strike towards the goal during the the Asia Group D FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between India and Guam at The Sree KanteeraVa Stadium in Bangalore on November 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Manjunath KIRAN (Photo credit should read Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s goalie Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (C) and player Arnad Kumar Mondal (R) look on as Guam’s Shane Andre Malcom attempts a strike towards the goal during the the Asia Group D FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between India and Guam at The Sree KanteeraVa Stadium in Bangalore on November 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Manjunath KIRAN (Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

Sandhu is the first Indian to play in a European club competition and has almost usurped Subrata Paul as the number one for the Blue Tigers. He hailed the scouting process of next year’s under-17 World Cup which will be held in India.

“It is a really good initiative by the AIFF and the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. I understand the intent is to find potential players who can represent India in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. I hope it works and I wish all the luck for the people initiating it,” Gurpreet told AIFF (h/t NDTV).

He also spoke extremely highly about Abhishek Yadav who is the brains of the entire undertaking.

“It’s obviously a plus to have Abhishek bhai heading the initiative. He has played for India at the highest level and knows what kind of potential we require in order to compete with the best,” he said.”

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