Layla Guscoth to miss the rest of the Vitality Netball World Cup
Vitality Roses are back in action on Sunday when they take on Samoa on Sky Sports Netball and YouTube
By Paul Prenderville in Liverpool
Last Updated: 14/07/19 7:10pm
England’s Netball World Cup campaign has been hit by the news that defender Layla Guscoth has suffered a ruptured Achilles and will miss the rest of the tournament.
The Adelaide Thunderbirds star, who has started both of England's games so far in Liverpool, suffered the injury in the first quarter of Saturday's 70-34 victory over Scotland.
Vitality World Cup - Sunday's Fixtures
|Group A||Australia vs Sri Lanka|
|Northern Ireland vs Zimbabwe|
|Group B||New Zealand vs Singapore|
|Malawi vs Barbados|
|Group C||Jamaica vs South Africa|
|Trinidad & Tobago vs Fiji|
|Group D||England vs Samoa|
|Uganda vs Scotland|
She limped off the court and immediately pointed to her lower calf and Tracey Neville was quick to confirm to the media that the 27-year had gone straight to have the injury assessed.
And on Saturday night it was confirmed by England Netball that Guscoth's tournament was over before the end of the first preliminary stage
"Layla is an amazing addition to our team and we are so disappointed that she won't be joining us on court for the rest of this tournament," said Tracey Neville in a statement release by England Netball.
Vitality Netball World Cup - Saturday's results
|Group A||Australia 72-37 Zimbabwe|
|Northern Ireland 67-50 Sri Lanka|
|Group B||New Zealand 78-25 Barbados|
|Malawi 87-38 Singapore|
|Group C||Jamaica 68-43 Trinidad & Tobago|
|South Africa 90-25 Fiji|
|Group D||England 70-34 Scotland|
|Uganda 69-48 Samoa|
"It is devastating that her journey in this World Cup is over but myself and all of the Roses are by her side supporting her through this time. We will do everything we can to ensure she is back playing again soon."
The Roses made no further comment on whether a replacement would be called into the squad, but as it stands the defensive end is one of England's most established areas with Geva Mentor and Eboni Usoro-Brown the defensive pair that won Commonwealth gold.
Wasps defender Fran Williams has also fitted seemlessly into the defensive third and was Guscoth's replacement on Saturday and in Friday's win over Uganda as Neville has utilised her full squad so far.
England complete their first Preliminary stage action against Samoa on Sunday and are already assured of a place in the next phase of the competition but Guscoth's injury will be a blow to what has been a perfect start to their World Cup campaign.
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