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Anna in race to be fit for Ireland's Olympics quest

Anna O'Flanagan is an injury doubt for Ireland's World League 3 bid in Valencia after the UCD striker sustained ankle ligament damage while playing for her club.

The experienced forward travelled home from the Netherlands on crutches after representing the Dublin students at the European Championship over Easter.

She is now walking with the assistance of a protective boot but has been ordered to rest for at least a month meaning she is facing a race against the clock to be match-fit in time for the trip to Valencia in early June which is the final eliminator for the Rio Olympics.

Ironically, all the UCD players were rested for the three-test series with Italy which continues at the Ulster University over the weekend.

Team captain Megan Frazer is hoping for an improved performance after Ireland edged out the Italians 1-0 in Thursday's opener at Mossley.

"It's always difficult coming back after a break and we showed signs of ring-rust," she said. "We will be looking for further improvement in the next two matches."

Six Ulster players are in the squad, including Ards striker Chloe Brown who could fill the void if O'Flanagan loses her fitness battle.

Today: Ireland v Italy (UU, 2pm).

Tomorrow: Ireland v Italy (UU, 2pm).

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