Knee injury forces Kelly out of Tri-series
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Sunshine Girls defender Malysha Kelly has been ruled out of Jamaica's team for the three-Test netball home series against arch-rivals England due to a knee injury.
Minneth Reynolds, head coach of the Sunshine Girls, told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday that Kelly has been carrying the injury for some time now and so the coaching staff decided to rest her for the series.
"She has been having this niggling patella tendonitis and so it has recurred during one of our training sessions," said Reynolds.
"However, since the World Championships is more important to us, then we didn't want to risk further injury to the knee and so we decided to play it safe by resting her for this series," she added.
Captain Nicole Aiken-Pinnock, Stacian Facey and Vangelee Williams are the defensive players now on the roster for the Sunshine Girls in the series.
Reynolds added that despite the absence of Kelly, she is confident that the players will deliver.
"It's a blow to us, but the team is not just depending on one player because it is a team sport, and for us to win this series it is not just about Malysha, it is about the team and it will take a team effort to win this series," Reynolds said.
Continuing, Reynolds said: "The other girls are aware of what is at stake and they plan to go out there and play like Malysha is on the court."
The first Test is set for Saturday, the second Sunday and the final match on Tuesday, January 13. All the matches will be played at the National Indoor Sports Complex.