Thursday, June 12, 2014

Australia sweat over Mark Knowles' availability for semfinal clash against Argentina


Australian men’s hockey team are keeping their fingers crossed over the availability of captain Mark Knowles for their crucial World Cup semifinal against 11th ranked Argentina. The 30-year-old is recuperating from a serious neck injury sustained during the first half of their match against India, which they won comprehensively 4-0.
Knowles was stretchered off the field after a nasty collision with the hip of Indian forward SV Sunil. He was immediately taken to hospital after the injury and underwent scans for the same, but was quickly released after concerns over any structural damage were allayed.
The Aussie is apparently still suffering from muscle soreness in his neck and has a headache, and although the team management have not ruled out his availability for the semifinal clash against Argentina, he still remains a doubtful starter.
Meanwhile, the Australian team will be feeling a lot better with the news that ace striker Jamie Dwyer and Matthew Swann have recovered from their calf and ankle injuries and will be available for selection for the Argentina clash.

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