Games hopes dashed
JUST hours after breaking into the world top 50, squash star Ryan Cuskelly had his Commonwealth Games hopes dashed when he severely injured his ankle.
The 22-year-old, who roared on to the world scene after moving to New York, was playing through the qualifying rounds of the Montreal International in Canada when he rolled his right ankle.
After forging his way to the cusp of national selection, Cuskelly will now be forced to miss the Australian squad’s Commonwealth Games training camp in London this month.
The Evans Head player will also withdraw from the Canary Wharf Classic in London next week, where he was to enjoy immediate entry to the main draw for the first time thanks to his new world ranking of 46.
Cuskelly will fly to Brisbane on Monday to be assessed by Australian Institute of Sport medical staff.
Commonwealth Games squash head coach Byron Davis couldn’t believe the rising star’s luck.
“He hasn’t broken it, but I believe there is severe ligament damage,” Davis said.
“We will just have to wait and see how long he is out, but it has come at a terrible time as far as Ryan is concerned.”
The injury occurred in a match against countryman Scott Arnold – Cuskelly bravely fought on after the initial fall, but his weakened ankle soon gave way, forcing him to withdraw.