Ireland Men’s record caps holder Eugene Magee has unfortunately had to withdraw from Ireland’s World League Semi-Final squad announced last Friday. Magee pulled up in the last training session of last week’s camp with a knee complaint.
Following an MRI scan of his knee, Magee was seen by two specialists on Friday at the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry, Dublin. The scan showed some cartilage damage at the front of his knee, which initially requires two full weeks of rest , followed by a review to see if further treatment is necessary. The experienced Chris Cargo of Reading Hockey Club in England has been called up to the squad as Magee’s replacement.
Speaking to hockey.ie Coach Andrew Meredith said ” Eugene’s injury is unfortunate, but is something that we have had a chat about, and decided to manage the injury now, and make sure that we avoid having any long term consequences of rushing him back to a competitive environment. Obviously he is extremely disappointed, missing an opportunity to play against some of the world’s best individuals is exactly the sort of challenge that someone with Eugene’s experience and tenacity relishes, and there is no question as one of the leadership group he will be missed during this tournament.”
Meredith continued “Chris Cargo, who was very unfortunate to narrowly miss original selection, will enter as his replacement in a direct Midfielder for Midfielder swap.
As a reflection on our increasing depth, we are very fortunate to be able call on someone who is approaching his 70th cap, and who brings a skill set and the sort of experience and energy to the dynamic of our midfield, that we are certainly looking for as a group moving into this tournament.”
Everyone at Irish Hockey and we, www.thefansofhockey.com, wish Eugene a speedy recovery.