Brogdon out; Mantell in after hand injury

Alastair Brogdon

Alastair Brogdon from Team GB men’s hockey has had his debut Olympics cut short after breaking a finger on his left hand during the squad’s opening game against Belgium yesterday.

The 28-year-old forward from Hale will be replaced by travelling reserve Simon Mantell who brings the experience of over 200 caps for England and Great Britain.

Head Coach Bobby Crutchley said: “We’re really disappointed for Alastair, he has worked very hard and it is tough to have his Olympics end so quickly. We will miss his energy on the pitch and his ability on the ball but unfortunately due to the location of the break it impacts too much on him being able to play.

“We were always confident that Simon would fit in really well if he was called upon. Having missed out on London 2012 with injury, he knows the disappointment Alastair is going through and can fully empathise with him. Simon now has an opportunity to play his part for Team GB here in Rio.”

The change takes immediate effect and Mantell will be available for this afternoon’s pool A game against New Zealand (5pm local time/9pm BST) as Team GB look to come back from a disappointing 4-1 defeat to Belgium.  Brogdon will remain with the squad and continue to support them in Rio.

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Posted by England Hockey on Sunday, 7 August 2016