No surgery for Sunil, could return to training in 2 weeks

S. V. Sunil slipped and injured his left knee during training on September 4 at the Kalinga Stadium.

S. V. Sunil. (file photo)

The Indian men’s hockey team received a shot in the arm after experienced striker S. V. Sunil’s injury was deemed not serious enough to merit an immediate surgery by experts on Friday night.

Sunil, who slipped and injured his left knee during training on September 4 at the Kalinga Stadium, consulted Hockey India’s specialist Dr. B. K. Nayak in Delhi before seeking a second opinion from renowned Dr. Anant Joshi. Having torn his Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) and the knee bones being misaligned, there had been doubts on Sunil’s availability for the World Cup later this year, dealing a major blow to the team’s plans.

However, a day before the team left for the Asian Champions Trophy, Sunil has been advised rest and rehabilitation and told he could return to practice in 2-3 weeks with non-surgical treatment. Sunil is likely to remain in the city till the end of October and undergo rehabilitation here. “Both Dr. Nayak and Dr. Joshi had the same diagnosis. I had hoped a surgery, if required, could be postponed till the year-end but now I am relieved that it is not required at all,” he said adding that coach Harendra Singh had been informed about availability for the World Cup.

The actual treatment would begin in a couple of days after the swelling on his knee reduces further.