Injury rules Cambage out of World Championships

Injury rules Cambage out of World Championships

Basketball Australia today confirmed Australian Jayco Opals star Elizabeth Cambage has been ruled out of the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women campaign after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Cambage suffered the injury during in the first minute of the second quarter of the Jayco Opals pre-World Championship game against Team USA in Paris, France on Friday night (AEST).

The 23-year-old underwent scans at a local medical facility on Saturday, with the Jayco Opals medical staff forced to rule her out of the World Championships after the results revealed the extent of the injury.

Cambage will return to Australia in the coming days where a full assessment of the injury and recovery timetable will be established.

Jayco Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce said he felt for Cambage deeply after her commitment to the program throughout the World Championship preparation.

“From day one Liz has shown nothing but the utmost commitment and respect for the Jayco Opals program, sacrificing the 2014 WNBA season to prepare for the upcoming World Championships,” Joyce said.

“I feel gutted for Liz to suffer this injury so close to the start of the tournament after the mountain of work she has put in to get to this point.

“Liz has been at every camp and on every tour as part of the preparation since March, and has shown remarkable dedication to the program.

“Liz brings an infectious energy and enthusiasm to the team, and we will ensure we channel that into everything we do for the remainder of the campaign.”

Joyce said his team knows how to deal with adversity and will be up for the challenge.

“This program and its players have shown they are capable of dealing with the challenges of adversity and continue to strive to be the best,” Joyce said.

“A player of Liz’s calibre cannot be easily replaced, but we have a talented and resilient team that will share the load and adapt to this new challenge.”

A replacement for Cambage in the team for the FIBA World Championship for Women will be named shortly.

For all the latest news on the Jayco Opals FIBA World Championship for Women campaign be sure to visit the BA website at www.basketball.net.au