In his first appearance for the club, the winger came on as a substitute in the 69th minute of the match in the Parana state league last month, but has since been benched.

Indian manager Rhys Mascarenhas confirmed Fernandes, whose six-month contract was due to expire in June with the provision of an extension till December, had returned home.

"It was Romeo's decision to go to Brazil and entirely his decision to request the club to release him," Mascarenhas said.

"He did not even play a full half for the club, so there was no point in him hanging on. Romeo is on the rolls of FC Goa and was loaned to the Brazilian club. His immediate task will be to be picked for the Indian team," he said.

Atletico Paranaense was quoted in an Indian newspaper saying Fernando had been released to return to Goa with a view to playing for his country in World Cup qualifiers.

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