East Bengal central defender Anwar Ali was admitted to hospital on Tuesday after he complained of chest pain in morning.
He is stable and has been advised two weeks’ rest, said Dr Arindam Kar of the Medica Superspecialty Hospital in the evening. Ali’s condition will be monitored in the meanwhile, said Dr Kar.
It was learnt that Ali, 32, started feeling ill after an ice bath following Tuesday’s training session. Fellow central defender and skipper Gurwinder Singh took him to hospital.
“He was admitted with discomfort and uneasiness. The ECG and angiogram report showed no major blockages. He’s is doing okay and stable now. He is young and age is on his side,” Sunip Banerjee, cardiologist at the hospital was quoted as saying by PTI.
“He should be fit to play before the Federation Cup. We are awaiting some other blood reports to see when he can be discharged,” the doctor added.
Ali, who played for Mumbai City FC in the third edition of the Indian Super League, had joined East Bengal this season. The defender from Punjab has played for Mohun Bagan, JCT and has 33 caps for India between 2008 and 2012.
The end of the 2016-17 season has been blighted by a series of problems for East Bengal. They lost four games in a row and had to give up hopes of a maiden I-League title.
The string of defeats led to coach Trevor Morgan quitting. East Bengal named Mridul Banerjee as interim coach but the man who won the Santosh Trophy for Bengal last month got injured on his first day at work and was ruled out.
East Bengal put assistant coach Ranjan Choudhury in charge and though the team beat Minerva FC 3-1, there was a public show of disagreement between Haitian Wedson Anselme and Robin Singh over who would take a penalty.