Spain team captain Miguel Delas (#7) has been ruled out for the rest of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 through injury.
The 34-year-old, one of Spain’s most experienced with over 200 international appearances to his name, suffered a shoulder injury in his team’s 4-3 Pool A defeat against Olympic champions Argentina on Thursday 29 November. Following hospital assessment, the significance of the injury means that he will no longer be able to continue to participate in the competition.
After seeking approval from FIH, Spain have replaced Delas with Ricardo Sanchez (#4). The 25-year-old has 51 caps and will join up with the squad upon arrival in India.
We wish Miguel a speedy recovery and offer Ricardo a warm welcome to the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.