Former India international and East Bengal’s central defender Anwar Ali on Tuesday suffered a heart attack while returning home after a training session, but is said to be stable now, PTI reported.

The central defender was returning from practice when he suffered the heart attack, prompting his teammate Gurwinder Singh to rush him to the hospital on EM Bypass.

“He was admitted with discomfort and uneasiness. The ECG and angiogram report showed no major blockages. He’s is doing okay and stable now. He is young and age is on his side,” Sunip Banerjee, cardiologist at Medica Superspecialty Hospital, said.

Anwar Ali's East Bengal teammates met him soon after he was admitted in the hospital. (Photo: Twitter)

This is a fresh blow to East Bengal, who have already given up on their title aspirations in the I-League, but the player has not been ruled out of the Federation Cup that follows the I-League as yet.

“He should be fit to play before the Federation Cup. We are awaiting some other blood reports to see when he can be discharged,” the doctor added.

The defender was sidelined after the club’s 1-3 loss to Churchill Brothers as East Bengal went on to lose four matches in a row.

Anwar also plays for Mumbai City FC in the ISL and has represented India in 33 games.