The Malaysian national hockey squad received a blow when captain Sukri Mutalib was forced to withdraw from the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 following a broken finger surgery that needed him to rest for at least six weeks.
Sukri had to withdraw from the squad for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after suffering injuries in the Malaysia Hockey League tournament.
“I will miss the international matches for at least six weeks seven weeks. I have had a swollen fingernail but the scans after the match confirmed I had a severe injury on the fingers,” said Sukri.
In the absence of the experienced player, he outlined some of the country’s squad’s militants capable of taking over as captains of troops.
“The quality and experience of Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim, Marhan Jalil and Fitri Saari should not be ignored because they can handle the duties of captain,” he said.
Sukri and team’s goalkeeper, S. Kumar, will miss Sultan Azlan Shah Cup this time but are optimistic of the team’s ability to create positive results.
“I’m still confident in the country’s squad’s ability to compete this time and the coach’s regulation will play a big part in this time.”