ISL: ATK's Carl Baker ruled out for the season

By: Aveek Chakraborty
Carl Baker

Bengaluru, December 1: Defending Indian Super League (ISL) champions ATK are reportedly in the market for a new player after star addition Carl Baker ruled out for the remainder of the season due to injury.

Baker has already missed the opening rounds of the new campaign with an Achilles tendon problem and it has now emerged that the midfielder's injury is severe which means the Englishman has to sit out the entire campaign.

Baker who is considered a legend in English side Southport left his previous club Portsmouth this summer, after playing a key part in helping the side gain promotion from League Two.

The 34-year-old is an academy product of Liverpool who mostly spent his professional career in the English Championship and League One, most notably at Southport and Coventry City among others.

He has appeared in more than 500 games in English football and has scored 97 goals during that time and it was the first time the veteran has stepped outside England to experience a different challenge.

Thus Baker's addition was expected to be a star addition to ATK this campaign as they look to successfully defend their crown. However, it now looks like his Indian adventure has ended as he is set to return home for treatment.

ATK are in a injury crisis at the moment as they are already without Robbie Keane, Jayesh Rane, Ashutosh Mehta, Anwar Ali and Nallapan Mohanraj and the loss of Baker will surely add a big blow to the already struggling ATK side who have had a poor start to their 2017-18 season.

Story first published: Friday, December 1, 2017, 13:24 [IST]
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