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Injury brings the curtain down on Ashley Davies’ junior career 
By MICHAEL CATLING – Squash Mad Reporter

English teenager Ashley Davies’ junior career has ended in heartache, after being forced to pull out of the British Junior Open with a leg injury.

The Derbyshire teenager, who will turn 19 next week, suffered the injury during the semi-finals of the US Junior Open two weeks ago, where he was forced to retire against England team-mate Lyell Fuller with the scores tied at two-apiece.

And while the world number 261 returned to training this week, he was forced to withdraw from the year-opening event after consulting with his physio.

“I picked up a short term injury in the semi-final of the  US Junior Open. Although not serious, it just came at the wrong time,” Ashley (pictured right) revealed on his official website.

It’s not that I am still injured, but I have to be honest with myself and look at the bigger picture. I haven’t hit a ball in anger, or played any matches since America, and I have only been given the green light to start training again today [Monday].

“I am desperately disappointed that I can’t play in the BJO, as I missed it through injury last year. If I hadn’t picked up an injury in New York I think I would have  been better prepared than I was for the Under 17’s, as all my training had been geared for me to peak for the event.

“As of the 10th of January, I will no longer be a junior so I have my professional career to consider,” added the German Junior U19 Open champion.

Picture by Steve Cubbins (SquashSite)

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