India men’s national team head coach, Igor Stimac has confirmed that he is working on bringing back Liston Colaco, Udanta Singh and Rahul Bheke back to action as the Blue Tigers land in Kolkata on Tuesday.
The trio missed the Blue Tigers recent international friendly against Jordan, with Stimac’s side flattering to deceive as they lost the clash 2-0. The players looked short of match practice and bereft of ideas especially in attack, with the game being their third international match in the last two months.
“We proceed back to Kolkata from Doha as per our schedule, where we would be training for a week prior to playing our first match in the Qualifiers. We intend to put in our final touches upon the restart of our training sessions, and will be working to bring back Liston, Udanta, and Bheke back to the squad,” Stimac said post the game.
India are currently preparing for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers which is scheduled to start on June 8 at the Salt Lake Stadium. The Blue Tigers have been drawn in Group D alongside Hong Kong, Afghanistan.
Stimac’ side open their qualifier campaign on June 8, when they face Cambodia at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.