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Hockey World Cup: Goalkeeper Sreejesh flies back home to attend ailing father

Tanuja Saikhom | 4 days ago

India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh on Wednesday left Bhubaneswar to visit his father, who has been hospitalized back home in Kerala due to a heart ailment. He flew home while the national side are preparing for their final Pool C game against Canada, to be played on the weekend.

According to reports, Sreejesh’s father, PV Raveendran was rushed to the hospital on the night of Saturday following a chest pain. The family had hidden the bad news from the goalkeeper because he was preparing for the crucial match against Belgium. 

India need Sreejesh, who showed brilliant performance in the 2-2 against Belgium, for Canada tie. He is expected to come back on soon and join the squad. The 30-year-old goalkeeper, who led India to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics, missed the training session on Wednesday morning.

Coach Harendra said was allowed to leave the squad as there was long off days between Belgium match and the one against Canada. 

India started the World Cup campaign on a positive note and held the Red Lions in their last match, maintaining the streak of getting points on the home turf. Currently, they are holding the No 1 position in Pool C above the power house Belgium. The result against Canada will determine their position in the group.

The nation has been qualified for 14 times and this edition of the tournament is a good opportunity for the men in blues to make it to the final.