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Kish sidelined by injury again

Edmonton's Jen Kish is shown competing in the Olympics.
Edmonton's Jen Kish is shown competing in the Olympics. Canadian Press

Months of recovery lie ahead for Jen Kish.

Again.

For the second time in less than a year, Kish will have to spend several weeks healing from an injury. This time, it’s a fractured pelvis suffered on May 28 while playing for Canada at a Rugby Sevens World Series event in Langford, B.C.

“I had no idea I did it until after the tournament. I wound up playing two more games after I sustained the injury,” Kish explained.

“It’s unfortunate. It’s the nature of the beast. I’m just focused on my recovery.”

It’s a familiar road for Kish. After winning Olympic bronze last summer in Rio, she needed several months to recover from a neck injury, finally returning to action in January.

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Since then, she’s been part of a strong Canadian side that sits tied for second in the World Series standings with Australia. Kish helped Canada finish second in Langford, losing 17-7 to mighty New Zealand in the final.

“They’re really tough,” Kish said of New Zealand. “They’re so good that they were missing five of their top players and still won a tournament. It’s just goes to show that their development is in the right direction, as is ours. But they start playing the game a lot younger than we have. It’s their national sport.”

The Series wraps up with a tournament in France June 24-25. Kish won’t be able to play.

“I still need an MRI to see if I did any damage to my labrum. Hopefully, I don’t need surgery.”

For now, Kish is spending time at her new home in Beaumont and bonding with her seven-month-old puppy named Wiggles. She’s able to walk and work out on her elliptical machine.

Kish hopes to return to action by 2018 at the latest and play for Canada at the Commonwealth Games next April in Australia.

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