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ISL: Atletico de Kolkata striker Helder Postiga's injury not serious, confirm sources

Helder Postiga has traveled with the team to Goa.

Postiga was stretchered off during ISL’s opening fixture

Earlier this week, Atletico de Kolkata marquee striker Helder Postiga, inspired Antonio Habas’ side to a 3-2 victory over Chennaiyin FC. The Portuegese striker scored twice, but picked up a hamstring injury, while slotting in the second goal. He was eventually stretchered off the field in agony. However, sources within the ATK camp have confirmed that Postiga’s injury was a minor hamstring strain and he has travelled with the squad to Goa.

An ATK official said, “The injury isn’t that serious, we can’t confirm whether he will be starting the game or not, but he has definitely travelled with the squad to Goa. It’s minor hamstring strain, luckily he didn’t pull it. So, we are hoping for the best. Now, it will be upto the Coach, to say whether he starts or not. He might want to rest him or play him.”

Postiga began his ATK career in style, after scoring the first goal of the ISL’s second edition. He would add to his goal tally in the second half, by slotting the ball through Chennaiyin FC goalkeeper Edel’s legs.

Earlier, ATK’s Head Coach, refused to comment on Postiga’s injury. Habas said, “It’s  too early to comment on his injurt, the Physio is looking into the matter, but there is no official confirmation of how serious the injury is. As soon as some confirmation comes, you guys will be the first to know.”

Atletico de Kolkata are all set  to face FC Goa on October7. Zico’s men are high on confidence, after comfortably defeating Delhi Dynamos in their opening game yesterday. FC Goa Manager, Zico said after the game, “Atletico de Kolkata are a good side and we are looking forward to face them. We will give our 100 %.”

Before moving to India, Postiga suffered from a recurrent lower back injury, during his time with La Liga outfit Deportivo La Coruna. The 33-year old also suffered a major knee injury in 2013. ATK fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Postiga was influential in their victory last time out.

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