Injury robs Ireland of Bruce McCandless

Fractured ankle means Irish team travel to Belgium for Olympic qualifier without midfielder

Ireland midfielder Bruce McCandless suffered a fractured ankle while playing for Banbridge against Cork C of I in the Irish Senior Cup final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Ireland midfielder Bruce McCandless suffered a fractured ankle while playing for Banbridge against Cork C of I in the Irish Senior Cup final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

 

Bruce McCandless is set to miss Ireland’s World League round three tournament in Antwerp in June due to a fractured bone in his ankle.

The Banbridge midfielder has been an ever-present for the panel for the past two years and would have been a certainty to travel to Belgium for what is the key Olympic qualifier.

He suffered the injury two weeks ago in the Irish Senior Cup final from a tackle from Cork C of I’s John Jermyn who was sin-binned.

Prognosis

The preparatory schedule has also been changed markedly. Ireland were originally banking on a round three trip to Argentina with a pre-tournament holding camp in the Netherlands. But, with Ireland being reallocated to Antwerp, they quickly scheduled a two-game series in France while they will also take on Germany in three Tests as part of their build-up in May.

On the domestic front, the action is confined to the semi-finals of the Irish Junior Cup with Three Rock Rovers taking on Annadale while Lisnagarvey face Monkstown.

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