Ireland : David Harte now optimistic he can travel to India for Ireland’s World Cup campaign
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Ireland captain David Harte remains on course to lead his country at the upcoming Hockey World Cup, which starts in Bhubaneswar, India later this month.

The Irish keeper picked up a leg injury at the weekend, where Ireland were competing in a four-team warm-up tournament, taking on the Netherlands, England and hosts Spain.

Harte hurt his leg during the warm-up to the Netherlands match and was rested for the weekend games.

The Irish stopper wore a protective casing on his leg, which led to some inaccurate media reporting, claiming that Harte had fractured his fibula and was a major doubt over his participation at the World Cup.

However, Harte sought a second opinion in Netherlands and received the all-clear on Thursday.

The diagnosis was a bad bone bruise while a contusion on the point of impact with the ball has left him sore, but there is no break.

Harte, twice voted the best goalkeeper in the world, is critical to Ireland’s chances of doing well in their World Cup Campaign.

The 30-year-old professional Irish hockey player who competes for not only the European clubs, but also the Indian league for Mumbai and for Kampong in the Netherlands will now begin a short recovery period ahead of Ireland’s first World Cup game against Australia on 30 November, before further group games against China and England on 4 and 7 December.