Promising striker Yuvraj Walmiki is all set to return to India's [ Images ] playing eleven in the third hockey Test against South Africa [ Images ] in New Delhi [ Images ], on Thursday, after remaining in the sidelines for nearly one-and-a-half month due to a hip injury.
Yuvraj, considered as the new rising star of Indian hockey, picked up the injury last month during the first of India's preparatory camp for the Olympic [ Images ] qualifiers in Bangalore.
But after four weeks of rehabilitation, the Mumbai [ Images ] lad now can't wait to get back to playing ways and is confident of his performance in tomorrow's game.
"I am eagerly looking forward to tomorrow's match. I haven't played hockey for the last 45 days, which is very frustrating. So, I am just eager to play tomorrow," Yuvraj told reporters on the eve of the match.
"The physio (Srikant Iyengar) and medical staff did a helped me a lot during my rehabilitation period.
"It's now a week that I have started practising and (exercise physiologist) David John also said that I can play tomorrow," said the striker, who shot into limelight in his debut tournament when he converted a penalty against Pakistan in the finals of the Asian Champions Trophy [ Images ] in China, which India won.
India's chief coach Michael Nobbs too hinted at Yuvraj's comeback and said he will again field a new look playing XI tomorrow to test his combinations ahead of the Olympic qualifiers to be held here from February 18-26.
"It's (changes) going to happen tomorrow as well. As I said earlier, I am going to give opportunities to everyone to show their talent in the first three games against a quality side like South Africa," Nobbs said.
India lead the five-match series 2-0 after defeating South Africa 4-0 and 2-1 in the first two matches.