Seasoned defenders Rupinderpal Singh and Varun Kumar have been dropped from European tour of the nationwide males’s hockey staff as they’re going via rehabilitation, an official accustomed to the event mentioned on Sunday.
“Kumar has an ankle drawback whereas Singh can be unfit,” the official added.
Former skipper Manpreet Singh too will miss the tour, although as a consequence of private causes.
The nationwide staff of 22 gamers and 6 help employees are leaving for his or her first worldwide tour after practically 12 months because the Covid pandemic had disrupted the worldwide and home competitors.
The nationwide staff will play a collection of matches in opposition to Germany and England throughout the 17-day European tour. India will play Germany on February 28 and March 2. The nationwide staff will then journey to Antwerp, Belgium, to play in opposition to England on March 6 and March 8.
India final performed Australia throughout the Hockey Professional League matches held in Bhubaneswar in February final yr.
“We’re very grateful for the chance to go to Europe. We’re trying ahead to having our first aggressive matches in simply over 12 months. Taking part in in opposition to powerhouse groups like Germany and England will present us with nice competitors and assist immensely in our FIH Hockey Professional League and Olympic Video games preparation. Taking part in any high 10 ranked staff is at all times an excellent expertise for the staff,” nationwide staff coach Graham Reid had mentioned earlier.
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