World Cup: Injured Hardik Singh Out Of World Cup In Large Jolt For India, Raj Kumar Pal Named Substitute


The 24-year-old midfielder has been changed within the squad by Raj Kumar Pal

Hardik Singh (8) of India reacts after scoring a goal against Spain during a match of FIH Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2023, in Rourkela, Odisha.(PTI)
Hardik Singh (8) of India reacts after scoring a objective towards Spain throughout a match of FIH Odisha Hockey Males’s World Cup 2023, in Rourkela, Odisha.(PTI)

Hardik Singh, who suffered a hamstring harm in India’s second Pool D conflict towards England, was on Saturday dominated out of the World Cup.

The information got here in forward of the essential crossover contest towards New Zealand on the Kalinga Stadium right here on Sunday. The winner progresses to the quarter-finals the place reigning champions Belgium are ready. The midfielder has been changed by Raj Kumar Pal, who was one of many two reserve gamers together with Jugraj Singh.

Hardik was unquestionably India’s finest participant within the first two video games, scoring a sensational objective towards Spain within the opener and making a number of solo runs in the direction of the objective towards England. The 24-year-old was rested towards Wales.

“In a single day we needed to make the tough determination of changing Hardik Singh within the group for Sunday’s match towards New Zealand and the next World Cup matches. Whereas the harm was not as extreme because the preliminary incident prompt, time was not on our aspect and after our ongoing thorough rehabilitation course of and useful and on-field evaluation, it has been determined that we are going to exchange Hardik with Raj. Whereas this can be very disappointing for Hardik personally, given how properly he performed in our first two matches, we’re excited on the prospects of Raj becoming a member of the group for the remaining World Cup matches,” India coach Graham Reid stated.

India suffered one other scare when ahead Mandeep Singh obtained injured in a sort out with vice-captain Amit Rohidas throughout a follow recreation on Saturday night. Mandeep obtained off the turf and was attended by physiotherapist Abhinav Sathe earlier than he walked off the bottom. Reid refused to remark, saying it was a “closed follow”.

New Zealand, ranked twelfth on the planet, performed India twice final yr, shedding each video games within the Professional League held right here in October-November. India’s final loss to New Zealand was within the Tokyo take a look at occasion earlier than the Olympics in August 2019. Since then, the Harmanpreet Singh-led outfit has gained all 4 video games towards the Black Sticks.

by Sandip Sikdar



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