SOUTHERN Steel coach Reinga Bloxham is “absolutely gutted” for shooter Georgia Heffernan, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
The 20-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in the round three match against the Northern Stars in Auckland two weeks ago.
Scans have confirmed a ruptured ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), MCL (medial collateral ligament) and meniscus damage to her right knee after she landed awkwardly.
Bloxham said her side would give their full support in helping Heffernan on her road to recovery.
“I’m absolutely gutted for her. She had been playing really well and was improving with every outing that she had, so we are all really feeling for her at the moment,” Bloxham said.
“I think the most disappointing thing for her is knowing that she had worked really hard in the pre-season to be able to contest for the goal attack bib and really give it a good crack.
“Georgia can take some real positives out of the impact that she made this season.”
Heffernan said it was upsetting to have to watch the rest of season from the sideline but was motivated to come back stronger than ever.
“It’s a disappointing way to finish the season. I didn’t think I had injured my knee as badly as I have but I have to accept that as I can’t change it now,” she said.
“I’m going to really struggle with only being able to watch. In our round four game on Saturday, I was just wishing I was there and I want to stay involved as much as I can with the Steel team.
“It’s just a wait now before surgery and then I’ll get into the rehab side of things and get back as soon as possible.”