Hockey: Laslett returns to boost Teddington

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Teddington travel to Southgate this afternoon for their twice-postponed Premier League game with a full-strength squad for the first time this season. Jason Laslett, Great Britain's Olympic captain who has had a break since Atlanta, returns to boost the side.

Teddington will include the Australian international Greg Read in their squad for the first time when they play Havant tomorrow.

Southgate had hoped that Soma Singh would be back for his first league match since the Olympics but he was injured on his return to the pitch in Barcelona earlier this month and is unlikely to be included. The player- coach James Duthie is also unlikely to be in the starting line-up.

As the League resumes a full programme tomorrow after the winter break, Cannock could stretch their four-point lead at the top. With no injury problems and leading goalscorer Bobby Crutchley in devastating form indoors and outdoors, they entertain Old Loughtonians, who will be without the suspended Julian Halls.

Reading, who visit second- placed East Grinstead, welcome back Jon Copp, their Olympic coach, and Mark Hoskin, and include in their ranks the New Zealander Karl Sanders and the German Philip Aschendoft.

Grinstead will be without Paul du Plessis, who has yet to return from Christmas at home in South Africa. Julian Mills will take his place.

Rob Hill's return to help struggling Havant has ended after just two games. The former England player has decided that the commitment is too much. Havant had more bad luck on Thursday when their young striker George Cover broke his collar-bone in a training game against City of Portsmouth. He is expected to be out of action for some time.