Durban, South Africa – Following a collision with team mate Zanele Vimbela during training on the Monday 30 May 2016, SPAR Protea netball star centre court player Erin Burger found herself concussed.

Erin Burger (Picture credit : Reg Caldecott)
Erin Burger (Picture credit : Reg Caldecott)

Burger was rushed to medical experts by Netball South Africa who diagnosed a vertically orientated fracture through the left zygomatic bone with two fractures through the left zygomatic arch (fractured left cheekbone).

There was doubt on whether Burger would be fit to play for the Proteas against Wales in the three test series this coming weekend in Durban.

But Burger received good news after surgery in Durban from the medical team treating her that she would be fit to take court against Wales.

However Burger was told she could take to court on condition she wore a specially designed protective mask to protect the facial injury.

Norma Plummer SPAR Protea coach said that this would have to be passed by the umpires officiating the test series who were expected in Durban on Thursday.

“I don’t think a player has played international netball at test level with a mask in the history of the game so approval of such is required and we are hoping this will be granted” said Plummer.

Burger said “I am pleased that I am able to compete even though I have to take the precautions and wear a mask. Obviously wearing a mask is not what I hoped but its not what I look like on court its how I perform for myself my country and God.”

Burger was named as best player at the Singapore World Cup in 2011 and has played 83 caps for South Africa.

The SPAR Challenge takes place from 17-19 June at the Durban ICC. Tickets available from Computicket.