New Delhi: Delhi Waveriders, the Delhi franchise of the inaugural Hockey India League, were dealt a severe blow even before the start of the tournament after their Dutch drag-flick specialist Taeke Taekema was ruled out of the entire event due to a back injury.
Taekema, who was bought by Delhi Waveriders at his base price of Rs 13.6 lakhs, was one of the star foreign players in the HIL players' auction.
"We will miss the services of our drag-flick specialist Taekema. We just got a message from him that he is injured. He is recuperating from a back injury and won't be available for the entire league," the chief advisor of Delhi Waveriders, Ajitpal Singh told reporters here today.