Eugene Magee has been forced to withdraw from the Irish men’s team to play in the World League semi-final in Rotterdam due to cartilage damage at the front of his knee.
The men’s current record cap holder will be replaced by Chris Cargo in the squad that travel to the Netherlands on June 10.
Magee pulled up in the last training session of last week’s camp with a knee complaint. Following a subsequent MRI scan, some cartilage damage at the front of his knee, which initially requires two full weeks of rest, followed by a review to see if further treatment is necessary.
Speaking about the loss of a key midfielder – adding to the unavailability of John Jermyn, Mitch Darling and Geoff McCabe along with the injured Bruce McCandless – Meredith said it was important to think of Magee’s long-term health.
“We have decided to manage the injury now and make sure that we avoid having any long term consequences of rushing him back to a competitive environment. Obviously he is extremely disappointed, missing an opportunity to play against some of the world’s best sides.
“It is exactly the sort of challenge that someone with Eugene’s experience and tenacity relishes, and there is no question as one of the leadership group he will be missed during this tournament.”
He added that Cargo is a strong man to have waiting in the wings: “He was very unfortunate to narrowly miss original selection and will be a direct midfielder for midfielder swap.
“As a reflection on our increasing depth, we are very fortunate to be able call on someone who is approaching his 70th cap, and who brings a skill set and the sort of experience and energy to the dynamic of our midfield that we are certainly looking for as a group moving into this tournament.”