Roper out of Champions Trophy

Wimbledon's Phil Roper in England action


Wimbledon's Phil Roper has been ruled out of the upcoming Champions Trophy with a knee injury. The problem is not thought to be serious, however the 22-year-old will undergo minor surgery this week with a view to returning to action in the new year. Roper's place in the squad will be taken by Beeston's Ollie Willars.

Willars, who has also appeared in the World League Final and EuroHockey Championships for his country made his debut back in 2012 against India, also in the Champions Trophy. He won a bronze medal in this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and will pick up his 50th England cap during the tournament in Bhubaneswar.


England kick off their Champions Trophy campaign with an Ashes clash against Australia on December 6. They then go toe to toe with Pakistan and European rivals Belgium on December 7 and 9, respectively.

You can watch all the drama unfold by tuning in to Sky Sports.

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