Injured drag-flicker Sandeep Singh was on Saturday ruled out of the Champions Challenge I hockey tournament in Argentina next month and will be replaced by Diwakar Ram in the 21-member Indian squad.
The former skipper, suffering from an acute lumbar strain, has been advised rest for at least three weeks.
"Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh has been medically ruled out for the FIH Men's Champions Challenge I Hockey Tournament to be played at Salta, Argentina from December 6-13," Hockey India [ Images ] said in a statement.
"As per the medical report of Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Parag Sancheti, he is suffering from acute lumbar strain with right L5 radculopathy. He has to undergo rehabilitation programme for a period of three weeks and has been advised not to do any strenuous activity which might aggravate his pain," it added.
Sandeep will, however, be able to undergo his cardio exercises and rehabilitation programme.
"He has also been advised not to play competitive hockey during this period. However, he can undergo his cardio exercises and rehabilitation programme. The surgeon has advised Sandeep to come for re-examination at Pune after three weeks," the statement said.
Hockey India also named Sandeep's replacement. "Sandeep Singh's replacement for the Champions Challenge I squad will be former India junior captain and penalty corner flicker Diwakar Ram."