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.
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.
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.