India's star striker SV Sunil has suffered a ligament injury on his left knee and most likely to be ruled out of Hockey World Cup starting from next month. His non-participation is going to be a major setback for the national team. Sunil attained the injury on October 4 during the ongoing preparatory camp.
Sunil 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 an Lateral Collateral Ligament injury (LCL) injury,” Sunil told reporters at Bhubaneswar airport.
At the initial stage, there was massive swelling and the doctors further suggested that there appears a slight gap in the knee joint as well. Sunil is travelling to Delhi to consult Hockey India’s official doctor B K Nayak. Post his interactio with Nayak, his availability for the World Cup will be known to all.
Sunil is aware of his current state but still sounds optimistic of his recovery. “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,” Sunil concluded.