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Goalkeeper Baljit's eye to be treated in US

July 31, 2009 15:48 IST

India hockey goalkeeper Baljit Singh, who was hit on the eye with a golf ball during practice, will undergo treatment in the United States.

Hockey India secretary Mohammad Aslam Khan said the Sports Ministry has agreed to foot the bill for the same.

"We have decided to send him to US for treatment and the Sport Ministry is bearing all the expenses for his treatment," Aslam said.

"We are now in discussion with the ministry to make all the arrangements for his travel. As soon as the formalities are over, he will leave for the US," he added.

Even though reports indicated that Baljit is likely to be treated at the Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, Aslam said nothing is finalized.

"Doctors here (at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences) are working out whom and where to consult in USA," Aslam said.

"We are determined to see Baljit back into the field and the federation is behind him," Aslam added.

Baljit was left with a damaged right eye after a golf ball sneaked through the visor of his helmet and ruptured his globe during training in Pune.

The custodian was immediately rushed to Delhi where he underwent surgery. Doctors though are still not sure whether he will regain full vision.

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