S.V. Sunil in serious doubt for hockey World Cup due to knee injury

Sunil suffered the ligament injury on his left knee on October 4 during India’s ongoing preparatory camp.

Sunil will require four to five weeks to recover from the injury. (File Photo)   -  Getty Images

In a major setback for the Indian hockey team, star striker S.V. 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, here.

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.

“I suffered the injury while diving for a ball during training on October 4. I have consulted specialists here and the MRI revealed it is a Lateral Collateral Ligament injury (LCL) injury,” Sunil said at the Bhubaneswar airport.

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“Initially there was massive swelling and then, the doctors here said that there appears to be a slight gap in the knee joint,” he added.

Sunil is flying to Delhi on Thursday to consult Hockey India’s official doctor, B.K. 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 tomorrow. But, if I can’t play in the World Cup that would be a massive loss for me,” he said.