KOCHI: On their way to Mumbai from Chennai for the Indian Super League final to be held on Saturday, the Kerala Blasters FC team made a day-long stopover in Kochi on Thursday, and had one final training session at their home ground.
The team arrived at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kaloor at around 9 am.
Though the entire squad was present for the training, injured goalkeeper Sandip Nandy and player-manager David James did not join the others for the warm up.
While James shot balls into the air from one end of the ground, away from his warming-up colleagues, Sandip did some running manoeuvres under the guidance of the team physio.
Sandip, who replaced an injured James during Blasters’ league match against Chennayin FC on November 30, himself suffered an injury during the last match in Chennai on Tuesday.
Though assistant manager Trevor Morgan did not categorically say if Sandip was fit to play, he maintained that the team had no injury worries at present.
“We are hopeful of winning the championship,” he said.
Kerala-born Sushant Mathew, who became a sensation with his long-range curler during Blasters’ home leg of the semifinal against Chennaiyin, said he was looking forward to replicating a similar performance in the final against Atletico de Kolkata.
The team left for Mumbai in the evening.