Ashleigh Ball ruled out of Commonwealth Games after knee injury

Ashleigh Ball supports the team while on crutches during their shoot-out against Belgium at the Rabobank hockey World Cup 2014

Ashleigh Ball will be out of action for recovery following her knee injury sustained when playing against Belgium at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup.

Ashleigh Ball has been ruled out of the Commonwealth Games following an injury she sustained in England’s final Rabobank World Cup match against Belgium in the 11th/12th play-off. England won that game after a shoot-out, but just before full-time they lost Ball. Following scans it has been determined that Ball has torn her ACL and sustained other ligament and cartilage damage, and will undergo surgery in three weeks time to reconstruct her knee. It is likely that she will miss the rest of 2014 and will be out for around nine months.

Speaking about the injury and her rehabilitation Ashleigh Ball said, “It's extremely disappointing to get this injury, especially after our struggle at the World Cup and the opportunity we have at the Commonwealth Games to prove ourselves. I have the support of a top surgeon, physiotherapist and strength & conditioning coach, and hope to be back playing as quickly as possible. It has been great to receive some kind messages of support and I'm really grateful for them.”