GB preparations underway, but injury forces Russell into roster switch

Great Britain have been busy preparing for the upcoming World Championship tournament in Latvia.

GB will face Russia, Slovakia, Denmark, Belarus, Sweden, Czech Republic and Switzerland during May and June at the Olympic Sports Centre in Riga.

The squad spent the back end of last week in Coventry, undertaking a series of training sessions at the Skydome.

Head Coach Pete Russell’s preparations were disrupted over the weekend, with Evan Mosey withdrawing from the squad due to an ongoing injury issue.

However, the Scottish-born coach has moved swiftly to replace Mosey, with experienced ‘D’ man Mark Richardson joining up with the roster.

“It was always the aim that either Evan or Mark would go if available,” he said.

“Evan is playing right now for me here in Germany, but he doesn’t feel 100% right after a lower-body injury two months ago. I feel it shows great honesty to admit this and give his spot up.

“Richie was also playing in Germany but returned home three weeks ago to his family. At that time he could not commit 100% because of being away from his family all season, which I fully supported and understand.

“But now, Richie can join up with the group later into the camp, which is fantastic as he is a great leader and player.”

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