Simon Mantell out of Olympic Test Event

Simon Mantell in action for Great Britain
Great Britain forward Simon Mantell has been ruled out of the remainder of the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament – the Olympic Test Event - after fracturing the fifth metatarsal bone of his left foot.

The 28 year old Reading player sustained the injury in the final minute of Great Britain’s 4-2 victory over India on Thursday evening.  He was accidentally hit on the foot by the stick of an Indian player.  Mantell had earlier scored Great Britain’s second goal of the game.

An x-ray on Thursday evening confirmed the injury.  Mantell will see a specialist next week.  No timescale has yet been put on his treatment and recovery.

Under the regulations of the tournament, Great Britain cannot call up another athlete and will compete with a squad of 17 for the remainder of the tournament.

Great Britain face Australia at 17:00 on Saturday requiring victory over the Kookaburras to progress to Sunday’s final against Germany.  The match is live on the BBC Red Button and BBC Sport Website.

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