Women’s hockey captain has plate inserted in fractured jaw

GREAT Britain hockey captain Kate Walsh has had a plate inserted into her fractured jaw but could still play a part in the remainder of the Olympics.

The 32-year-old, who has won 288 caps, had surgery this morning after being hit in the face by a stick during last night’s 4-0 win over Japan in their opening match.

Her participation in the rest of the tournament will be determined on how well she recovers from the operation.

“This morning she successfully underwent a surgical operation to stabilise the fracture with a plate,” a Team GB statement read.

“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.

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“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.

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“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.”

Veteran Walsh, the team’s most experienced player, went in for a challenge with Akane Shibata in the closing stages of the game and despite winning the ball, her position meant the Japan player’s full-bloodied follow-through caught her in the face.

She was immediately taken to hospital and kept in overnight prior to her having surgery.

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