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ISL 2023-24: Adrian Luna's potential return a boost for Kerala Blasters FC in the playoff race

Adrian Luna's potential comeback from injury could provide a significant boost for Kerala Blasters FC as they strive to secure a spot in the Indian Super League playoffs.

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First Published Mar 20, 2024, 11:42 AM IST

Injuries are an inherent part of football, often disrupting team dynamics and strategy. Kerala Blasters FC of the Indian Super League (ISL) have experienced this firsthand, particularly with the absence of midfielder and captain Adrian Luna due to a long-term injury sustained in December.

Despite featuring in just nine league games before his injury, Luna remains the second-highest goal contributor for the Blasters this season. However, since his absence, the team's performance has suffered, currently placing them fifth in the table.

With only four games remaining in the season and two playoff spots still up for grabs, Kerala Blasters FC are in contention. Luna's potential return to training this month and a possible comeback by the end of April align with the playoffs, providing a significant boost to the team's prospects if he regains fitness in time.

Analysing the team's performance with and without Luna reveals his undeniable impact. Before his injury, Luna played a crucial role in seven goals out of nine matches, highlighting his influence on the field and in the dressing room.

While striker Dimitrios Diamantakos has excelled in Luna's absence, leading the race for the Golden Boot, no one has replicated Luna's overall contribution to the team. His return could rejuvenate Kerala Blasters FC, especially in crucial moments and big games.

Despite enduring a challenging season marked by injuries, the Blasters remain resilient and are still in contention for the playoffs. Luna's potential comeback serves as a beacon of hope, reigniting their aspirations for silverware once again.

Also Read: ISL 2023-24: Amrinder Singh's Rise; From streets of Punjab to goalkeeping glory in Indian football

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