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3 players whom Kerala Blasters FC could sign as replacement for injured Jaushua Sotirio

Jaushua Sotirio Kerala Blasters FC Indian Super League 2023-2024

The Indian Super League (ISL) club Kerala Blasters FC suffered a huge setback as the team's new forward signing Jaushua Sotirio suffered a major injury during pre-season training that is set to rule him out for the entire Indian Super League season.

After parting ways with their 2nd striker Apostolos Giannou after the Indian Super League 2022-2023 season, Kerala Blasters FC signed 27-years-old forward Jaushua Sotirio on a 2-year deal from the Newcastle Jets.

But even before the player hits the ground in a competitive match for the yellow army Kerala Blasters, the player has suffered a major injury and he will be out for the rest of the season.

3 players whom Kerala Blasters FC could sign as replacement for injured Jaushua Sotirio

In that case, Kerala Blasters FC would be forced to sign another forward, that too an AFC quota player. So in this article, we take a look at 3 Australian forwards Kerala Blasters FC can sign to replace the injured Jaushua Sotirio.

Nikola Mileusnic

The first player to make our list is none other than Brisbane Roars' forward Nikola Mileusnic. The 30-years-old forward is a very versatile player as like Sotirio and can help build up the play from the deep. Mileusnic can play in both the wings and play as a striker as well. He can play the same role as Giannou that Sotirio was expected to play. Mileusnic has played 121 matches in the Australian A-League and has scored 21 goals and 12 assists. The player is out of contract at his current club and open to offers.

Joel Chianese

Another player that the Kerala Blasters FC could have a look at for their Australian forward signing is former Hyderabad FC player Joel Chianese, who has parted ways with the club after change in coaching at the club. Chianese is another player who can play on both the wings and can also play as the striker. The Australian has played 51 matches in the Hero ISL and has scored 9 goals and 7 assists. What makes him a good choice is that he has experience of playing in the ISL. He also can good track record in the A-League.

Nikita Rukavytsya

The 3rd player in our list is a 36-years-old veteran and former Australia international forward Nikita Rukavytsya. Rukavytsya has loads of experience of playing in overseas leagues having played in Germany, Israel and Belgium. He can not only build up play, but also can score loads of goals. He is a striker who was once linked with the move to ATK Mohun Bagan as well. The Australian striker has scored 73 goals and 13 assists in 174 matches in the Israeli top divison. His experience could also come handy for the Blasters in pursuit of their first Indian Super League Trophy.

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