Great Britain and England hockey player Sam Ward loses SIGHT in his left eye after being struck by the ball and is left battling to save his career with gruesome injury
- Sam Ward was struck in the face by a ball in an Olympics qualifier this month
- The 28-year-old has lost sight in his left eye and does not know if it will recover
- Ward shared an image on Instagram showing the full extent of his injury
- GB Hockey says it will take months before knowing the damage done to his eye
Great Britain and England hockey star Sam Ward is fighting to save his hockey career after losing sight in his left eye.
The 28-year-old had scored twice in that game to help his side book their place at the Games next year in Tokyo, but is now facing a battle to continue playing as the results of the injury come to the fore.
Great Britain and England hockey star Sam Ward is fighting for his career after losing sight in his left eye
Ward posted a number of images on Instagram to show fans the nature of his injuries
‘Over the past week, I have received advice from three separate eye consultants,’ Ward said via the BBC.
‘They have all told me that I have suffered damage to the retina of my left eye and that this damage is partly irreversible.
‘I may get some sight back, but this won’t be a quick process, and whether it will be sufficient for me to get back to playing international hockey only time will tell.
‘It is a tough pill to swallow but, as people know, I am not one to give up easily and I will do everything I can to make myself available for selection for Tokyo.’
The forward was hit by a ball during an Olympic Games qualifier against Malaysia this month
Ward posted on Instagram the full extent of the injury in some gruesome photos of his head needing stitches.
It is unknown when Ward will be fit enough to play again, with GB Hockey saying it will be a ‘number of months’ before the extent to which the damage to the forward’s eye is known.
He has netted 72 goals in 126 appearances for Team GB and England since making his international debut in 2014, and would represent a big loss to his side should he sit out next summer’s Olympics.
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