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PR Sreejesh back in India squad after injury lay-off

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Former and star PR Sreejesh has returned to the 20-member squad announced by the Hockey on Monday for the Invitational Tournament in starting on January 17.

Sreejesh, missed some of the key tournaments in 2017 due to a knee injury, which he sustained in the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament last year.

The 29-year-old will be joined by young Krishan who was member of the 2016 Junior winning team. At one time

The team will be led by 25-year-old midfielder while Chinglensana Singh Kangujam will shoulder the responsibility of

New inclusions in the team are forward and midfielder Prasad.

The duo was rewarded for their promising performance at the 7th Sultan of Johor Cup last year where the team returned home with the Bronze medal.

will compete with Belgium, and hosts at Tauranga and Hamilton.

India's defence Rupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar - all three will double-up as dragflickers.

They will be joined by Birendra Lakra, Surender Kumar and Gurinder Singh in the defense-line.

The midfield will see Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Harjeet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Satbir Singh along with debut players and Vivek.

India's attack will see return to the team with young gun Armaan Qureshi, Dilpreet Singh, and

"The team continues to remain a good mix of young and experienced players. They will get to show their abilities against top quality teams. This is an important year for us with major tournaments in the pipeline and one of our focus areas is to perform consistently especially against higher ranked teams," expressed

He added, "We use this tour for our preparation for and look at progressing to the next level after the previous two tournaments."

20-member Squad: PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Harmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Gurinder Singh, Varun Kumar, Rupinderpal Singh, Birendra Lakra, (c), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (VC), Prasad, Harjeet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Simranjeet Singh, Satbir Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay,

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 13:50 IST
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