Ireland’s Wilson Sidelined Through Injury

Since making her debut in 2016, Zoe Wilson has received 103 caps for Ireland.

After suffering a serious knee injury during a training trip to Spain in January, World Cup silver medalist Zoe Wilson will miss the Tokyo Olympics.

Ireland's Zoe Wilson

In the final game against their hosts in Murcia, the 24-year-old ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Wilson underwent surgery on Wednesday, and her recovery is “progressing well,” according to Hockey Ireland.

Wilson is unlikely to recover in time for the rescheduled Olympics, which are less than five months away.

She will also miss the EuroHockey Championships, which will be held in Amsterdam in early June and for which Ireland’s 18-player squad will be named in May.

Since her debut at the start of 2016, the former Ballyclare High School student has been a constant in the Ireland squad, having been capped 103 times.

Ireland Stunning the Hockey World

She was a key member of the Ireland team that stunned the hockey world by reaching the 2018 World Cup final. She also helped Ireland beat Canada in the Tokyo qualifiers a year later, allowing them to qualify for their first ever Olympics.

Wilson joins Serena Barr, another Ulster player, on the bench. Last September, the Belfast Harlequins defender tore her cruciate ligament in her knee in the closing stages of a club friendly against Lurgan. She hopes to resume running by the end of the month.

Ireland’s preparations for Tokyo continue this weekend with a three-game series against Great Britain at Queen’s University in Belfast.

The matches will be broadcast live on the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer on March 13, 14, and 16.

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