In a major setback for the Indian hockey team, star striker SV Sunil has been all but ruled out of next month’s World Cup after suffering a knee injury. Sunil suffered the ligament injury on his left knee on October 4 during India’s ongoing preparatory camp.
He will require four to five weeks to recover from the injury, which virtually shuts the door on him for the World Cup to be held here from November 28 to December 16.
Sunil is flying to Delhi on Thursday to consult Hockey India’s official doctor BK Nayak after which his availability for the World Cup will be known.
He, however, still remains hopeful. “I am still hopeful because a week has already passed and recovery from the LCL injury generally takes four weeks. Let’s see what happens. I will get a clear picture soon. But if I can’t play in the World Cup that would be a massive loss for me,” he said.