Australian Diamonds midcourter Madi Robinson will miss the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 in August after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee.
The 27-year-old will be sidelined for the remainder of the year after she sustained a knee injury late in the fourth quarter of the Melbourne Vixens’ loss to the West Coast Fever in Round 6 of the ANZ Championship in Perth on Monday.
An MRI on Tuesday afternoon confirmed that Robinson will require a knee reconstruction.
“We’re absolutely gutted for Madi and her welfare is our only priority at the moment,” Netball Australia Head of High Performance Andrew Collins said.
“Our medical and wellbeing staff are working closely with the Melbourne Vixens to ensure that Madi is receiving the necessary support during this very difficult time as she comes to grips with the devastating news.”
“Madi is a highly respected individual both on and off the court so we know that many will join us in wishing her a speedy recovery.”
Robinson, who made her international debut against Scotland in 2010, has recorded 44 international Test appearances, including as a member of Australia’s gold medal winning team at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Victorian-native is the reigning player of the year after winning the 2014 Liz Ellis Diamond, becoming the first to claim Australian netball’s highest individual honour on multiple occasions after winning it in 2012.
“I’m remaining really positive and strong at the moment,” Robinson said.
“I know what I have to do with my recovery and having the support of my husband, family, teammates and the public will help me push through my rehab and help me get back stronger than ever.”
Robinson will meet with her surgeon today.
Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander, who is in transit from South Africa, will name her squad for the Netball World Cup next week on Wednesday 15 April.
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