Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19 runners-up FC Goa will have to do without midfield stalwart Ahmed Jahouh for their Hero ISL 2019-20 campaign opener against two-time champions Chennaiyin FC on October 23.

The Moroccan was sent off in the first part of Extra Time with a double booking in the 2018-19 Hero ISL final against Bengaluru FC – a game Goa lost 1-0 after Rahul Bheke scored deep into the second period of Extra Time to hand Bengaluru the win and the title.

The 31-year-old’s absence will be a big blow for Sergio Lobera’s side going into their first match of the season. Over the last two seasons, Jahouh has firmly established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Hero ISL and excels at dictating the play from the deep.

FC Goa open their campaign at home against Chennaiyin on October 23, before hosting defending champions Bengaluru on October 28.


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