Recovering Frazer to boost Ireland's World Cup tilt
Ireland coach Graham Shaw is hoping that Megan Frazer will be back in action in the New Year as she continues her recovery from a serious knee injury.
The Ulster Elks midfielder ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament a year ago and, after complications set in, she had to have further surgery which delayed her comeback.
She is now back training with stick and ball - although she has yet to play a competitive match this season.
Obviously Ireland want to have the 27-year-old available for next year's World Cup and it's looking like she will be on the plane for the trip to London.
Frazer sustained the injury during training with Mannheimer last October and it's understood she may return to Germany when she is fit to play again.
She has been coaching with the Elks but registration issues may prevent her from playing for the Jordanstown club.
Shaw's assistant Arlene Boyles said: "Megan has been working extremely hard during her rehab and it will be a huge boost for us to have her back for the World Cup as she should be back in full training in January."
Meanwhile, the EY Irish Hockey League resumes this weekend and Pegasus will have to be wary of Irish striker Sarah Torrans when they face Loreto at Upper Malone on Sunday - she scored all five against Belfast Harlequins earlier in the season.
The Quins go to unbeaten Ards on Sunday in an all-Ulster clash which has importance to both.
Premier leaders Ballymoney have no game but Dungannon, Mossley and Queen's have tricky trips to Rainey, Elks and Portadown respectively.