Keely Andrew, the 23-year-old Championship Tour surfer from Australia, has formally withdrawn from the remainder of the Roxy Pro France after sustaining an injury during her Round 1 heat. And while it was apparent that Andrew was surfing through some pain, her injury was more serious than recognized at the time.
"The rail of my board hit the inside of my knee and caused a joint bleed, a non displaced bone fracture of my knee cap, a bone bruise of my femur and a grade 3 rupture of my MCL," said Andrew.
A grade 3 MCL injury is the most severe type of ligament injury and occurs when the ligament is completely torn.
Andrew was set to surf in Round 2 Heat 1 against Malia Manuel once the comp resumes. As a result of her withdrawal, there will only be 5 heats in Round 2 (instead of 6) and Manuel will walk through to Round 3.
The Australian is currently ranked No.15 on the Championship Tour and No.6 on the Qualifying Series. Andrew's best result this season was a 2nd place at the first event of the year - the Roxy Pro Gold Coast. And while she is unsure how long the injury will keep her out, with only two events left of the season, it will undoubtedly be a set back in terms of her re-qualification campaign.
"Thank you to everyone sending their love," continued Andrew. "Aiming to come back better and stronger".
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