Hockey World Cup 2018: Sreejesh rejoins team after visiting father for surgery

India's PR Sreejesh left Bhubaneswar for home to be with his hospitalised father but is now back with the team to prepare for the next game against Canada in the 2018 Hockey World Cup.

Indian hockey goalkeeper P. R. Sreejesh. (FILE IMAGE)   -  K. Murali Kumar

Ever a livewire on the field, PR Sreejesh had been strangely restrained on the field during India’s game against Belgium on Sunday. The next morning, he left the city for home to be with his hospitalised father.

A heart patient, Sreejesh’s father underwent yet another surgery on Tuesday to add a stent and remove blockage. The five-day break before India’s final Pool C game against Canada helped the India goalkeeper make a quick visit without missing much in terms of training, Wednesday morning being the only session he was absent from.

“He is fine now. My family is there, including my in-laws, as are a lot of cousins. But I know they sometimes avoid telling me all the details, specially during tournaments, to avoid any stress. So even if they say everything is fine, I remain tense. The best thing to do was to go and reassure myself that he was okay,” Sreejesh said, while travelling back to Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.

The visit did help him get relieved. “He has already been shifted out of the ICU to a separate room and is likely to be discharged in a day or two. So I can concentrate on the team now,” he added. Sreejesh returned to the World Cup and even watched the Malaysia-Pakistan game at the stadium.

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