Great Britain captain Kate Walsh has had surgery to insert a metal plate in a fractured jaw but could yet still feature in the Olympics.
Kate Welsh, captain of the Olympic GB hockey team has had to have a metal plate fitted into jaw after being hit with a hockey stick to the mouth during a game against Japan.
The 32-year-old had surgery on Monday morning but the medical advice is that it should not preclude her from playing, Team GB have confirmed.
‘This morning she successfully underwent a surgical operation to stabilise the fracture with a plate,’ said a Team GB statement.
‘Her recovery from the operation will be monitored and her ongoing participation in the Olympic Games will be reviewed following her return to the athletes’ village. The injury itself is not expected to prevent Walsh from playing hockey.
‘Her continued participation is dependent on her recovery from the surgery and this will be assessed on an ongoing basis over the coming days.
‘She is in good spirits and wishes to thank the hospital staff who have cared for her and all of those who have wished her well via social media.’
She could continue to play within the team for the rest of the Olympics, after they carried on to beat Japan 4-0.