Australian Diamonds and NSW Swifts midcourter Paige Hadley has had her Commonwealth Games ambitions dashed after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
The 21-year-old will miss the remainder of the 2014 ANZ Championship season and upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after suffering the injury at Swifts training on Thursday night.
The reigning Australian 21/U Player of the Year made her international debut with the Australian Diamonds in October’s Coles Netball Test Series against the Malawi Queens.
“I feel for Paige in these circumstances, it’s a tough set back for any player, particularly ahead of such a big year with the ANZ Championship and Commonwealth Games,” Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said.
“Paige has made significant strides over the last 12 months, representing Australia at last year’s World Youth Netball Championships before going on to make her international debut with the Diamonds.
“Paige will be ably supported by the NSW Swifts and Australian Diamonds medical teams to ensure a full recovery.”
Hadley will undergo surgery on her left knee next Friday.
Alexander will name her Australian squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games on April 15.