Blow for Irish as Frazer undergoes further surgery
Ireland will be without inspirational team captain Megan Frazer for the World League 3 tournament in the summer which will determine whether they will reach the 2018 World Cup in London.
The Ulster Elks midfielder, who signed a professional contract with German club Mannheimer HC last year, had a second operation on a serious knee injury last week and is reluctantly resigned to missing the World series trip to either South Africa or Belgium.
Frazer sustained ruptured cruciate and medial ligaments in her right knee during a training session last October and her recovery has been slower than expected.
"I hadn't been making progress so the surgeon requested another MRI scan last week which showed I have what is known as a cyclops lesion," she explained.
"Basically, it is scar tissue which inhibits extension of the knee so without being able to straighten it, I can't walk properly and can't progress the rehab.
"The surgeon Mannheimer employ is a knee specialist who also works with Bundesliga footballers, so I am in good hands.
"I had surgery in Germany last Thursday and although timelines are fairly difficult to predict at this point, I think it's unlikely I will have a summer return."
Ireland continued their build-up for World League 3 with a training camp at Bisham Abbey last week which included three warm-up games against Great Britain.
The Green Army performed admirably against a side that contained several players that won gold medals at the Rio Olympics, drawing the last game 1-1 after narrow 4-2 and 5-4 defeats.