Ahead of the Indian Men’s Team crucial FIH Olympic Qualifier matches against Russia on 1 and 2 November 2019 here at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Hockey India announced the replacement of defender-drag-flicker Varun Kumar who sustained an injury on his shoulder and right bicep.
UPDATE: Ace Defender Birendra Lakra joins the 18-Member Indian Men's Hockey Squad, stepping in as a replacement for the injured Varun Kumar in the @FIH_Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha!#IndiaKaGame #RoadToTokyo #Tokyo2020 #KalingaKallinghttps://t.co/YhVYqZHp02
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 30, 2019
He will now be replaced by experienced defender Birender Lakra. “Varun Kumar injured his shoulder and right bicep on Monday while training. He has been receiving treatment since then but unfortunately, it has not shown enough signs of improvement,” explained Graham Reid, Chief Coach, Indian Men’s Hockey Team.
Ahead of the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha matches against Russia on November 1-2 at #KalingaStadium, @theHockeyIndia announced Birendra Lakra as replacement of @varunhockey who sustained an injury on his shoulder & right bicep.#OdishaForHockeyhttps://t.co/1Jw3SJfBxt
— Odisha Sports (@sports_odisha) October 30, 2019
He further added, “Following the advice from our medical staff who have suggested that he requires rest for a few weeks before he returns to action. Hence, we have decided to replace him with Birendra Lakra, a class defender with over 170 International Caps. He is very experienced and knows well the conditions in Bhubaneswar and is ready to play.”
Indian Men’s Team will take on Russia at 2000 hours at the Kalinga Stadium on 1 November and 2 November while the Indian Women’s Team will take on the USA at 1800 hours.
The matches will be telecast live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.