KUALA LUMPUR: The Project 2016 squad will not have the services of main penalty corner drag flicker Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain for the Sultan of Johor Cup, which begins on Oct 12 at Taman Daya Stadium.
The 19-year-old Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI)-Thunderbolt defender, who was the top scorer in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) this year with 18 goals, suffered an ankle injury during training.
Another project player, midfielder Nor Azrul Abdul Rahman, is also out after fracturing his left foot in training last week.
The Kelantan-born Aminuddin said he was sad to miss the tournament for the second time.
“Last year I failed to win a place and now I’m injured. Looks like I have to wait until next year.
“My ankle injury, which I had about two weeks, is taking too long to recover. However, I hope to be fit in time for the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) from on Oct 29,” said Aminuddin, who will feature for Tenaga Nasional.
Nor Azrul said he suffered his foot injury last week after being hit by a ball.
“I will go for an X-ray next week (Oct 10) to see if there is any progress,” said the Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) player.
In the absence of Aminuddin, national forward Mohd Shahril Saabah, who featured in the Asian Games, will now be the main penalty corner flicker.
The 20-year-old Shahril also played in the Junior World Cup in New Delhi last December where he scored three goals.
There are 27 players in the training squad and the final 18 will be named next week.
The other teams in the fray are defending champions India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and Britain.
Malaysia will play two friendly matches against Britain next week in preparation for the tournament.
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