Belgium's Stockbroekx, Canada's Pereira ruled out of Hockey World Cup

Belgium's Emmanuel Stockbroekx will be replaced by Antoine Kina while Canada's Floris van Son will take the place of the injured Brandon Pereira in the squad for Hockey World Cup 2018.

Belgium's Emmanuel Stockbroekx (left) and Canada's Brandon Pereira exited the Hockey World Cup with injuries.   -  Getty Images / PTI

The tight games on Sunday in Pool C have taken their toll on the players’ body. Both matches in the pool played out to close draws and the high-intensity games have led to Belgium and Canada suffering loss of personnel to injury.

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While Belgium has lost experienced Emmanuel Stockbroekx to a hamstring injury suffered in the 2-2 draw against India, Canada have been rendered without the services of Brandon Pereira. The 24-year old Stockbroekx, with 135 international caps, was one of the key players for the Red Lions and would be replaced by Antoine Kina, a 22-year-old with 29 caps and member of the silver-winning side at the 2016 Junior World Cup.

Pereira, meanwhile, would be replaced by Floris van Son, who has been part of the Canadian squads at last year’s Hockey World League Semi-Final, the 2017 Pan American Cup and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Both players would be joining their respective sides before the final Pool C games on Saturday, with Belgium facing South Africa and Canada taking on India.