FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers: Birendra Lakra to replace injured Varun Kumar

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Birendra Lakra

The defender-dragflicker sustained an injury on his right shoulder and bicep during training which has put him out of the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha against Russia

Bhubaneswar, October 30: Ahead of the Indian Men’s Team crucial FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha matches against Russia on 1 and 2 November 2019 here at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Hockey India announced the replacement of defender-dragflicker Varun Kumar who sustained an injury on his shoulder and right bicep.

Varun Kumar

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.

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.

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