Thu, 23 May 2019

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], Dec 4 (ANI): Belgium and Canada hockey teams on Tuesday were forced to make changes to their respective Pool C squads in the ongoing Men's Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium due to injuries to their key players.

Defender Emmanuel Stockbroekx, who sustained a hamstring injury during Belgium's 2-2 draw with India, will be replaced by Antoine Kina, who has 29 caps to his name. Kina was a member of the Belgium U-21 team that went onto claim the silver medal at the Junior World Cup in Lucknow two years ago.

Meanwhile, Canada's Brandon Pereira has also withdrawn through injury, with Floris van Son stepping into the fray. Forward Van Son, who has only 26 caps, has been part of the Canadian squad that competed in last year's Hockey World League Semi-Final in London, the 2017 Pan American Cup in Lancaster and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

As both Belgian and Canadian sides have sought approval from the International Hockey Federation (FIH), Kina and Van Son will be involved in their team's final Pool C matches on December 8, with Belgium facing South Africa and Canada taking on India respectively. (ANI)

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