Time away from son hurts Evering most

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 13/04/2011
Kasey Evering
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INJURY: Kasey Evering (right) tangles with Daneka Wipiiti.

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Kasey Evering says there is something far worse than missing the end of the Canterbury Tactix' trans-Tasman campaign and even worse than missing the world championships.

The Jamaican import was this week told her season is over because of a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament on her left knee, but as well as missing the last six rounds of the ANZ Championship and her third world championships, in Singapore in July, Evering also might have to spend an extra two months away from her son.

She injured her knee during the Tactix' 59-56 loss to the Adelaide Thunderbirds 10 days ago and missed the next two games, but the franchise was hopeful of having her back for the remainder of the campaign.

On Monday the results of her MRI came back and it was bad news. It was the second time she'd torn her ACL on her left knee.

"I spent all [Monday] crying," Evering said yesterday. "It means, as well as missing the Tactix season and the world champs, I will have to stay here longer and spend more time away from Kaheim, my son."

She said the hardest part was telling her son she was not coming home at the end of the month.

Evering and the Tactix are hopeful she will be operated on as soon as possible but no date has been set.

"I've been away from him since January," she said.

"That's the hardest part. I'm just really hoping to be able to go home in June, I pray to God I can go back and see him then.

"I have no family here so that makes it hard, too."

She'd already received calls from the Sunshine Girls coach Connie Francis checking on her.

Evering played in the last two world championships, where Jamaica won bronze medals, and her form with the Tactix, and with the Sunshine Girls in the January tests against Australia, made her a shoo-in to be picked again.

"It is really sad for me, because I love playing for Jamaica and I've already had calls from our coach and our president about my injury."

Despite it meaning more time away from her son, Evering was happy to have her surgery and begin rehabilitation in New Zealand.

Last time she had the injury operated on, in Jamaica in June 2009, it left her with limited movement in her leg and she required a second operation to fix it.

"It was awful," she said. "I've been told you have very good surgeons here so I wanted to do it here. I want it done as quickly as possible so I can start my rehab and be ready for next year."

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Evering said she had loved her time with the Tactix and did not rule out returning next season.

- The Press

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