The England Hockey Team have suffered a huge blow with key forward Sam Ward getting ruled out of the squad for the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup. Ward picked up a light concussion in training, and as per England Hockey’s protocols he will unfortunately not be available for the event in Bhubaneswar, India, which starts next week.
“I’m absolutely gutted to miss out, but completely respect that with the nature of the injury it has to be allowed the right amount of time. I am certain the boys will go and do us proud and I wish them all the best.” said Sam Ward
The Holcombe striker who made his debut in October 2014 against France, earned a reputation as a prolific goal scorer on the domestic scene and forced his way into the international reckoning over the summer of 2014 after another goal-laden season in the Premier Division.
Ward will be replaced by Liam Ansell. Ansell will now fly out to India to join up with the rest of his team-mates. England’s first game takes place against China on Friday 30th November at 2:30pm.