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Knee injury sidelines NZ defender

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/06/2016

Black Sticks defender Kathryn Henry has been sidelined for the rest of the year after rupturing her anterior cruciate knee ligament last week.

The 25-year-old, who has played 41 tests for New Zealand, injured her left knee in a practice match against India in the build-up to last week's International Hockey Open in Darwin.

Scans confirmed the damage and Henry is now waiting for swelling to reduce before surgery to repair the ligament, which will sideline her for at least nine months.

Black Sticks midfielder Shiloh Gloyn last month suffered the same injury to her right knee.

The Black Sticks continue their preparations for the Rio Games at the Champions Trophy in London beginning on June 10, with coach Mark Hager saying selection for the Olympic squad is still wide open.

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