A painful knee injury has derailed Tyler Wright’s run this year for the World Title. The reigning World Champ was freesurfing in Portugal when she tore her right medial collateral ligament (MCL), which connects to the tibia. Wright went on to surf in Round One and Round Two of the Cascais Women’s Pro, wearing a knee brace, but lost both rounds.
While no surgery is needed for Tyler’s injury, the healing process usually takes six to eight weeks, according to WSL’s medical director, Chris Prosser. That makes it unlikely that Tyler will be surfing the European leg of the Tour. According however to the WSL, she has not withdrawn from the next Tour event, the Roxy Pro France.
Prosser has said that the decision for Wright to surf with her injury was a calculated risk they took so as not to jeopardize her career. At present, the current World No. 3 is resting and undergoing rehab. She posted an update on Instagram a day ago of her lounging poolside with a drink, the brace prominent on her right leg.
No ripping on the dance floor for me anytime soon haha. Tore 70% of my MCL off the bone two days before the start of the women's event in Cascais, thank you to @chrisprosser and the @wsl medical team and my team for being on point, doing everything I can in rehab and all while having hella good times in Portugal.
With World No.4 Stephanie Gilmore and World No. 2 Courtney Conlogue also losing their rounds at Cascais, the door to the World Title is suddenly wide open to the remaining contenders, Sally Fitzgibbons and Sage Erickson. How they will fare with this opportunity remains to be seen.
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