Scotland set to cope without Surbiton’s Grassick for Euros

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Scotland will have to cope without key man Chris Grassick as the Great Britain international is set to miss out on the EuroHockey Championships through injury.

He misses out on a place in the Scottish line-up for their first campaign at the top level since 2005 but they will go into the competition in upbeat form following a recent win over Spain.

Indeed, it’s a hotly anticipated return to the top division of European hockey for Scotland men after the Blue Sticks won EuroHockey Championship II 2017 in Glasgow.

The Scots have had an exceptional last few years and have also clocked up their highest ever finish at a Commonwealth Games and have finished higher than ranking four times in three years.

Now Scotland travel to Antwerp to take their place at the top table of European hockey and will take on the Netherlands; Germany and Ireland in Pool B of the tournament.

Germany will be Scotland’s first opponents when they meet on Saturday. Surbiton man Grassick is missing through injury but Alan Forsyth and Lee Morton feature off the back of a successful FIH Pro League campaign with Great Britain.

The talented young Cammy Golden – who moves from Grove to Klein Zwitserland this summer – is also included in the squad after helping Scotland Under-21 Men to gold medal success in their EuroHockey Junior Championship II last month.

The side also features CA Montrouge goalkeeper David Forrester, a couple more Surbiton players – Tim Atkins and Nick Parkes – and Grange’s Duncan Riddell who all are set for the EHL KO16 in Barcelona.