KUALA LUMPUR: Kelantan youngster Wan Mohamed Asyrizal, despite a recent motor-cycle accident, will feature in at least two of the four hockey Test matches that will be played next week.
National team manager Zulkifli Abbas said yesterday that a check on the player showed that he had only suffered bruises in the accident and will report for training on Monday.
“But we will have the doctors at the National Sports Institute check him out before making a decision on fielding him in the Test matches. I think he will be able to play in the last two matches,” he said.
Wan Mohamed was a surprise inclusion in the team of 22 players for the Test matches. These players will also vie for the 18 places available in the team for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup that will be held in Ipoh from March 22-30.
The Test matches involve three meetings with Pakistan and one against South Korea.
Besides Wan Mohamed, three other players who are nursing injuries will also undergo fitness tests on Monday.
The three are Shaiful Azli, Mohamed Rodhanizam and Chairil Anwar.
“At the moment, their injuries do not seem serious but we need to make sure they can be fielded. There is no point in taking a risk of aggravating the injuries.”
The match against Pakistan on Monday in Kuala Lumpur will be the first international for the team since the Asian Games in Busan last year when they won the bronze medal play-off against Pakistan.
“The match (against Pakistan) will be important as we will get to assess our team and how the players have coped in training,” said Zulkifli.
“It is a practice match but we will certainly take it seriously. I'm sure the Pakistanis will want to win it and as such we will get quality match practice,'' he added.
The Pakistanis arrived late yesterday and will hold a training session today at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) have announced that tickets will be sold for the two Test matches against Pakistan to be played in Bukit Jalil on Monday and Tuesday,
MHF secretary S. Satgunam said the tickets will be priced at RM10 and RM5 and will be sold on match day.
The other two matches, to be played in Ipoh, and the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will see free entrance.