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Kelly looking forward to return

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey

Having completed surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee two-weeks ago, Sunshine Girls defender Malysha Kelly has stepped up her rehabilitation, with hopes of being fit in time for next year's Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England.

Kelly picked up the injury in March while participating in training with her Southern Steel teammates as they geared up for this season's ANZ Championships in New Zealand.

The 27-year-old Kelly, who has been ruled out for nine months, missed the recent Commonwealth Games and will have to sit out of the ANZ Championships, which begins next week.

However, Kelly told The Gleaner in an interview from her base in New Zealand, where she is currently undergoing rehabilitation treatment, that the surgery was very successful and she was looking forward to returning to the sport very, quickly.

"The surgeon was very pleased with it (surgery) because everything is going according to plan as it is almost two weeks now and the healing process has been going great," said Kelly.

"Netball is something that I definitely miss because this season was a big one for me due to the fact that I moved to this team in the offseason, and I will miss the entire season, and so that is quite hard for me," Kelly said.

The lanky defender, who is a former captain of the Sunshine Girls team, has been a mainstay in the national team's defensive unit since 2011. She added that she planned to return to the courts much stronger next season.

"I am not going to pressure myself, and so I will be taking it one day at a time," said Kelly.

"I think that if I am impatient, it will only make me frustrated and cause me not to do what I should do, and this will hinder my chances of getting fit for next year's championships," said the soft-spoken Kelly.

"I think if everything goes well, next year will be a big year for me because it is a World Championship year as you know. I want to come back here, and so I am just focusing on my rehab and ensuring that I get back to full fitness," she stated.