With the bio-bubble breached and COVID cases rising, several games are being rescheduled.

The bubble has been breached. Players have been infected. Clubs are deprived of their on-pitch training sessions. The Covid scare is everywhere, leading to matches in Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season getting postponed.

Over 35 players and staff members have tested positive inside the ISL bio-bubble. The numbers just keep multiplying by the day. Teams have entered matches without a single training session under their belt in recent times, like FC Goa against Chennaiyin and Odisha FC against NorthEast United. Some players have set foot directly on the pitch from isolation. Few teams have been left without the requisite number of players required to play a match. Resultantly, there have been some late postponements in ISL 2021-22.

Here, we take a look at the matches that have been postponed so far in ISL 2021-22.

1. ATK Mohun Bagan vs Odisha FC (January 8, 2022)

The match was postponed after a few members of the ATK Mohun Bagan camp tested positive. Juan Ferrando’s side were heading into the game following a 2-2 draw against Hyderabad FC three days earlier. Odisha, on the other hand, had found new confidence after a thrashing comeback win over defending champions Mumbai City FC. The match is now scheduled to take place on January 23 (Sunday) as part of a doubleheader Sunday and will kick-off at 9:30 pm.

2. ATK Mohun Bagan vs Bengaluru FC (January 15, 2022)

The situation went from bad to worse for the Kolkata giants as their game against Bengaluru FC was also postponed. For the Mariners, it was their second consecutive match that was rescheduled. The game was to be played on January 15, but with both teams under isolation following COVID cases in their respective camps, the game was called off.

Bengaluru FC would have entered this fixture on the back of a 3-0 victory over Mumbai City. Eventually, a win in this fixture would have lifted the Blues to the fifth spot. Meanwhile, had ATK Mohun Bagan emerged victorious, they would have made it to third place in the table.

3. Kerala Blasters FC vs Mumbai City FC (January 16, 2022)

A third match in ISL 2021-22 was postponed last week. The league organizers announced the match will not go ahead as planned since Kerala Blasters do not have enough players available. The Blasters’ squad moved into quarantine following their win over Odisha FC. A number of positive cases followed, increasing their isolation period. They are yet to return to the training ground.

The last time the two teams met, Kerala Blasters thrashed the Islanders, cruising to a 3-0 victory. Currently on a poor run, Mumbai City would have looked at this fixture as an opportunity to get their revenge from the first leg as well as return to winning ways.

4. Hyderabad FC vs Jamshedpur FC (January 17, 2022)

A day after Kerala Blasters’ match against Mumbai City was rescheduled, Hyderabad FC vs Jamshedpur FC also was postponed. Jamshedpur coach Owen Coyle had revealed in the pre-match conference that his team hadn’t trained for the past six days and had been in isolation following several positive cases. The Men of Steel were not in the position to field a team, the league announced later.

When the two teams met each other earlier in the season, the clash had ended in a draw. The game was an opportunity for Jamshedpur to pip Kerala to the top of the points table.

5. Kerala Blasters vs ATK Mohun Bagan (January 20, 2022)

With the Kerala Blasters squad still in quarantine, there was no option but to postpone the game, making it five postponed matches in ISL 2021-22 so far. Blasters have been in isolation since January 12, the day they beat Odisha FC 2-0. ATK Mohun Bagan, who have had two of their games already postponed, resumed training earlier this week. The Mariners were last in action on January 5.

Kerala Blasters still find themselves at the summit of the standings, while ATK Mohun Bagan have dropped down to sixth. However, Ferrando’s side have two games in hand and are just two points off the fourth place.

6. Jamshedpur FC vs Mumbai City (January 21, 2022)

With Jamshedpur FC players still under quarantine, the ISL have decided to postpone their match against Mumbai City FC. Ahead of their match against Hyderabad FC on Monday, coach Owen Coyle had revealed his side have not trained as they were in isolation following some high temperatures in the squad. The Men of Steel are yet to resume their training and hence did not have the requisite number of players to field a team against Mumbai.

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