PETALING JAYA: Squash player Andrea Lee has been dealt the worst possible news – an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury that is set to sideline her for six months.
The 19-year-old picked up the injury during the final of the Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit (SSJM) No. 3 on Friday.
Andrea was leading top seed and world No. 49 Tong Tsz Wing of Hong Kong 11-8, 12-14, 11-8, 3-5 when the pair collided and she landed with an awkward twist to her left knee.
It’s a terrible blow for the world No. 80, who just returned from a three-month layoff following a torn shoulder ligament.
She is the second player in the national team to suffer an ACL in recent years. Former world No. 5 Low Wee Wern is still recuperating from the ACL she suffered in 2015.
Andrea has been ruled out from the Asian Team Championships in Cheongju, South Korea, from March 21-25.
She was selected to lead the team with Wee Wern and three-time British Junior Open winner Aifa Azman.
“I was informed it’s an ACL tear. It’s terrible news and I’m very sad to hear about it,” said Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) director Mejar (Rtd) S. Maniam.
“She just came back from her shoulder injury and she was moving and playing well.
“We need to make sure that the surgery is done right.
She’s not under the Podium Programme, so we’ll need to apply to the National Sports Council (NSC) to cover the cost,” added Maniam.