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Hockey star’s Olympics may not be over despite fracturing jaw

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Britain women's hockey captain Kate Walsh is recovering from surgery on a fractured jaw but could yet make a heroic return to the Olympics.

Walsh was accidentally hit by a stick in the closing stages of Team GB's 4-0 win over Japan on Sunday evening and spent the night in hospital under assessment.

She has since undergone surgery to stabilise the fracture with a plate.

"Her recovery from the operation will be monitored and her ongoing participation in the Olympic Games will be reviewed following her return to the athletes' village," read a Team GB statement.

"The injury itself is not expected to prevent Walsh from playing hockey. Her continued participation is dependent on her recovery from the surgery and this will be assessed on an ongoing basis over the coming days.

"She is in good spirits and wishes to thank the hospital staff who have cared for her and all of those who have wished her well via social media."

Great Britain are considered among the leading medal contenders and Walsh, who has made 300 international appearances and captained the team since 2003, is a key part of the team that coach Danny Kerry believes can win the hosts' first hockey gold since Sean Kerly inspired the men to victory in 1988.


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