Stacey Francis: Team Bath defender out with knee injury

Stacey Francis
Stacey Francis represented England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014

Stacey Francis is aiming to be fit for the World Cup in August after being ruled for the remainder of the Superleague season with a knee injury.

The Team Bath and England defender is hopeful of being in contention for England's World Cup warm-up match against Trinidad & Tobago on 6 May.

"I am on crutches for the next two weeks and then have another two weeks of recuperation," the 27-year-old said.external-link

"The hope is I will be back fit for the England games."

Having sat out Bath's loss to Hertfordshire Mavericks on Monday, Francis will miss the final three matches of the regular season.

And the former Canterbury Tactix player admitted the injury had been lingering since the start of the season in January.

"My knee has been incredibly sore from just before the start of the season," she added. "I was sent for a scan last week and it found I had bone bruising and articular cartilage damage.

"It's frustrating because I feel I have been playing well this season and we have some really big matches coming up.

"I really felt we were picking up momentum as a team and I wanted to be part of that, but the nature of high-performance sport is you will get injuries."