Melbourne Vixens Goal Shooter Karyn Bailey will miss the remainder of the 2016 ANZ Championship after scans confirmed a torn meniscus in her left knee.
Bailey came off the court early in the second quarter of the Vixens’ clash against the Southern Steel in Invercargill, New Zealand on Saturday night.
The 193cm shooter has a history of knee soreness, however, sustained this new injury late in the first term. Further assessment in Melbourne on Monday uncovered that Bailey had suffered a tear.
Although devastated she won’t be able to play a role in the Vixens’ final ANZ round match and potentially finals, 29-year-old Bailey is confident the Vixens have what it takes to snatch third position and a finals berth.
“I see the surgeon tomorrow morning and from there we’ll work out when I’ll have surgery and the recovery times I can expect. Regardless of what happens, I know I’ll be back fitter and stronger next year.
“It’s sad that this is how the season has ended for me, but I know the direction the Vixens are heading in and I know the girls can do it without me.”
Bailey has had a stellar 2016 season, shooting 330 goals in 10 appearances.
The Melbourne Vixens are reviewing options for Bailey’s replacement and will make a decision later in the week. The Vixens take on the Central Pulse in Round 14 of the ANZ Championship in Wellington on Monday 5.30pm (AEST).