The Hague, Netherlands, 26th May 2014:Indian forward Lalit Upadhyay arrived at The Hague, Netherlands today afternoon for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 replacing injured Ramandeep Singh.
India’s forward Ramandeep Singh got seriously injured while ball hit him during practice match played against Argentina yesterday. In the match, India lost to Argentina 1-2. Argentina scored 1 goal each in the 1st half and the 2nd half of the match. Only goal through India was scored by Dharamvir Singh in the second half of the match.
Ramandeep got multiple fractures in his right eye socket and cheekbone, after which he was immediately rushed to the hospital and got the surgery done. Today, he was discharged from the hospital and was advised complete rest by the doctors. He will have next medical review on 30th May 2014. All hockey fans and supporter wish him a speedy recovery.
Post reaching The Hague, forward, Lalit Upadhyay said, “Ramandeep’s injury is a sad incident and a big blow for the team. I will give my best to live upto the expectations of the coaches and selectors. I would like to thank the selectors and Hockey India for imposing their faith in me and giving me this opportunity to represent the country in the World Cup. This is a moment which is a dream come true for any player across the world and I will give my 100 percent in the tournament”.
In the recent past Lalit Upadhyay played for Kalinga Lancers during the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League 2014 and was regarded as the find amongst young talent apart from Affan Yousuf. On the basis of his performance during Hero HIL 2014 he was selected for the 33 probable’s for the World Cup and went on to play during the European Tour last month. He has been one of those players who has utilized all opportunities given to him and proved himself on every platform. He was amongst the 7 players in the list of stand by players for World Cup.
Roelant Oltmans, Director High Performance said, “Injury of Ramandeep Singh is a big loss to us looking ahead the World Cup but I wish him a speedy recovery. I am hopeful that after 4 weeks of recovery period he will make a strong comeback in the team. Lalit Upadhyay also arrived this afternoon to replace Ramandeep. Lalit is a young talented player and was also part of our squad for European Tour last month in preparations for the World Cup. I am sure very soon he will adjust himself to the climatic conditions here and will perform well in the tournament”.
India will play its next practice game against South Africa on 27 May 2014 at 2100hrs IST.