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Hockey World Cup 2023: Big blow to India, this star player out of the team due to injury

The league stage matches are over in the Hockey World Cup 2023 being played in India and now the round of cross over matches is about to begin to reach the quarterfinals. In this, the match between India and New Zealand is going to be played on Sunday. This match is do or die for both the teams. At the same time, before the match, the Indian team has got a big blow. Actually the team’s star midfielder Hardik Singh is injured and will not be able to be a part of this match.

Hardik’s injury is a big blow for the Indian team
Actually Hardik Singh is a great defender and he has saved many goals for the team. In such a situation, getting injured before an important match against a team like New Zealand is a very bad sign for the team. Hardik was injured in the match played against England, due to which he could not play the match against Wales, now the team will have to choose another good player in his place.

He will take time to return – coach
On the other hand, on Hardik’s injury, coach Graham Reid said that ‘initially we did not find his injury too serious but after seeing him on the field today after the rehabilitation process, we came to know that he will take time to return. It has been decided that we will replace Hardik with Raj Kumar Pal in the team.

After defeating New Zealand, will compete with Belgium
Let us tell you that the Indian team finished second in the group stage in the Hockey World Cup, after which it has to play a crossover match against New Zealand on Sunday. If the team wins this match, then its next match is going to be against defending champion Belgium, which is looking very strong. In such a situation, India will have to prepare thoroughly.