Sreejesh injury a worry as India take on resurgent South Korea

\ Kuantan (Malaysia), Oct 28 (PTI) India are hopeful of\producing the magic to surmount the challenge from resurgent\South Korea in the semifinals of the fourth Asian Champions\Trophy despite ankle injury to ace custodian PR Sreejesh.\ The other worry for India is deep defender Surender\Kumar\\’s suspension.\ Seeking to reclaim the title that they won in the\inaugural edition in 2011, fancied India were held to a 1-1\draw by the young South Korean side, which has improved with\every outing.\ India topped the round-robin league standings, but didot know their semi-final opponents until the end of last\league encounter between the Koreans and hosts Malaysia.\ The Koreans led by a goal until four minutes from the\hooter before a penalty corner produced the Malaysian\equaliser and got the home side the second place in the league\standings.\ \\"South Korea is a good side that has improved its quality\throughout this tournament. We saw yesterday what they can\do,\\" said Indian coach Roelant Oltmans.\ \\"The Korean strength lies in their defence. It will all\depend on how we can break past their defence,\\" said Oltmans,\hoping his own defence would overcome the problems confronting\the team.\ \\"I think Sreejesh will be able to play. He\\’s recovering\from the ankle injury, but even if he does not play in the\semifinals, Akash Chikte is a very good reserve goalkeeper,\\"\the coach said.\ Oltmans praised Chikte for his fine show in the last two\matches, where he was fielded for the entire duration of the\games as Sreejesh was rested.\ The coach said India had no choice of a semi-final\opponent.\ \\"They are all strong teams. It does not matter who we\play in the semi-finals. When we left India for Kuantan, we\saw these four teams making the semifinals,\\" said Oltmans.\ \\"Five minutes before the end of the last league match\yesterday, my mind was preparing for a semifinal against\Pakistan,\\" said the coach, referring to the scenario of an\India-Pakistan semi-final had the Koreans won the game against\Malaysia.\ \\"Now, I have to prepare for a match against South Korea.\Hopefully it would not be a 1-1 draw tomorrow,\\" said Oltmans,\referring to the only match in the round-robin league that\India did not win. PTI CORR KHS\KHS\


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