'Miraculous' return for GB Captain Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh proudly led her team out against China last night at the Riverbank Arena. Following the game GB Hockey's captain fantastic gave us an exclusive insight into what happened,

“I knew straight away [I’d broken my jaw]. You know how I play, I put my head in some silly positions. Sometimes you’re going to get hit and it’s my own fault."

"The surgeon, Simon Holmes, was very positive and so I had my faith in him. He said ‘well I’m going to do my job and you've got to get back and do yours’ and that’s what I’ve done. He did exactly what he said and now I’m back fighting with everybody else to get what we want out of this group and out of this tournament.”

Great Britain captain Kate Walsh leads her side out against China at Olympic Games London 2012

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind to be honest. I was in hospital and had the operation on Monday morning and came out Wednesday and managed to do a little bit of training on Thursday and Friday to make sure I was fit for the game. The hospital (the Royal London Hospital) have been amazing and the team have been amazing just focusing on the job in hand. I was keen that I didn’t want to be a distraction at all.”

Following their 2-1 defeat to China Great Britain remain second in Pool A, three points behind the Netherlands, who are their next opponents in the final match of the pool stage on Monday at 19:00. A win for China against Japan would mean Great Britain requiring a win or draw against their Dutch rivals to progress to the semi-finals.