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Fit to play at int'l level, says Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh

ANI  |  Bengaluru [India] 

Former Indian and star PR Sreejesh, who is back in action following an eight-month lay-off, on Thursday said that he is now fully fit to play the game at international level.

The 29-year-old was forced to miss some of the key tournaments in 2017 due to a knee injury, which he sustained in the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament last year.

However, has now recalled Sreejesh in the 20-member squad for the Four Nations Invitational Tournament in New Zealand, starting on January 17.

Talking to ANI, Sreejesh said that the upcoming tournament would be a test period for him where he would try to analyze himself as well as improve himself for future.

"This four-nation tournament is going to happen in Eight-month is a huge break and what you are before and after the is different. So, it is a test period where I want to improve. This is the time for me where I want to analyze myself and to plan the future programmes," Sreejesh said.

The goalkeeper, however, insisted that he is up for the challenge.

"I think I am good enough now because I started jogging after two months of my So, there was a good sign and then another three more months strengthening and some other trainings to improve my fitness levels. Now, I feel like I am fit enough to play at international level," he said.

Sreejesh will be joined by young who was member of the 2016 Junior winning team.

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 who are rewarded for their promising performance at the 7th Sultan of Johor Cup last year.

India's defence features 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

Speaking about the squad for the tournament, Sreejesh said that the team is a perfect blend of young and experienced players before giving special emphasis to defender

"The team is really good now and if you analyze the performances in the last two tournaments-Asia Cup and (HWL) Finals. Definitely, the team showed the consistent improvement. But still, I think we need to improve in a lot of areas. I think the youngsters are really putting efforts and they always try to give their best for the team and that is the positive sign.We have got a mixer of youngsters and seniors. I think more of the players have got 100 caps and that is a good sign for 2018. Especially, is a really talented He has got some good skills for penalty corners. It is really important to play a key role in the team. He is an upcoming talent," he said.

will compete with Belgium, and hosts at Tauranga and Hamilton in the four-nation tournament.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 18:15 IST