Monday, June 30, 2014
Knee injury forces star England midfielder Ashleigh Ball out of Commonwealth Games
England women’s hockey star Ashleigh Ball will miss the upcoming Commonwealth Games owing to a knee injury she sustained during the recent World Cup 11/12 place classification against Belgium. The ace midfielder suffered knee ligament damage and is expected to be out of action for nine months.
The 28-year-old, who made her senior international debut in 2008 and played more than 50 internationals, will undergo a knee reconstruction surgery on a torn ACL over the next few weeks.
It may be recalled that the 2014 World Cup was a hugely disappointing campaign for the 4th ranked English side, which just about avoided the wooden spoon.
Ball was a member of the national side which picked up a bronze each at the 2012 London Olympics, 2010 World Cup and 2010 Commonwealth Games respectively.
She will also miss the Investec London Cup which kicks off at the Lee Valley Stadium in the Olympic Park from July 9 and runs till June 13.
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