Monday 21 January 2019 | The Hockeyroos have been dealt a blow on the eve of the inaugural FIH Pro League with star midfielder Steph Kershaw ruled out for the year after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament.

The Townsville product, who was runner-up in the 2017 Hockeyroos Player of the Year, suffered the injury at training at Perth Hockey Stadium on Saturday morning.

The midfielder underwent scans on Saturday which confirmed the devastating news on her left knee.

Kershaw had torn her right ACL in 2015, effectively ending her bid to be part of the 2016 Rio Olympics team.

She had regained her place in the side over the past two years, excelling in 2017 across 24 appearances to finish runner-up to Jane Claxton in the Player of the Year award.

Kershaw backed that up by making the most appearances for the Hockeyroos in 2018, with 28 caps and three goals.

She is expected to undergo surgery on her left knee this week and begin rehabilitation with a view to returning in 2020.

The Hockeyroos’ FIH Pro League commences in less than two weeks against world champions Netherlands in Melbourne on Saturday 2 February. The side also plays Belgium on Sunday 3 February.

The FIH Pro League is a world-first global home-and-away league which pits nine of the world’s best international teams against each other on a weekly basis.

Image: WorldSportPics

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