Knee injury sidelines Philip for rest of 2016

Australian Diamonds squad member Tegan Philip will be sidelined for the rest of 2016 after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee while playing in an ANZ Championship pre-season practice match for the Melbourne Vixens.

Philip suffered the injury late in the Vixens and Thunderbirds clash in the country Victorian city of Shepparton on Saturday night.

She returned to Melbourne to have the injury assessed where the diagnosis was confirmed by the Vixens medical staff.

Philip, a member of the Vixens’ 2014 ANZ Championship title-winning side, has played nine Tests for Australia and was part of the Commonwealth Games Gold Medal-winning team at Glasgow.

Her last appearance for the Diamonds came against England in Canberra in the 2014 International Test Series.

Philip, who turns 28 on March 9, said while devastated by the injury, she’s remaining positive about her pending surgery and rehabilitation.

“Unfortunately, injuries like these are a part of the game and I’ve now got to focus on my rehab and doing what I can to assist the team from the sidelines,” Philip said.

“I know I’ll have the support of my husband, family and teammates – especially Madi (Robinson) who went through this last year and has come back in fantastic shape.”

Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander spoke with Philip after she was told the devastating news and reassured her that she would have the best support possible in her rehabilitation.

“It’s a real shame for Tegan because she was really looking forward to having a big year and taking her game to another level and was determined to regain her spot in the Australian Diamonds team,” Alexander said.

“But injuries like this happen in sport and we know that we’ve got lots of depth. Our priority is to make sure we do everything in our power to support Tegan in her recovery. It’s going to be hard work but we know she is prepared to do that.

“We wish her all the best for a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back on the court in 2017.”