City lose Mel Coutts for long term

Mel Coutts. Picture: Julie Howden
Mel Coutts. Picture: Julie Howden
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City of Edinburgh women’s volleyball team open the defence of the John Syer Trophy tomorrow facing up to the prospect that they could be without their most influential player for the entire season.

Former England captain Mel Coutts has discovered she has torn her anterior cruciate ligament and will be sidelined for months.

“I played football in July and hurt my knee and I’ve just found out that my ACL is completely torn off,” she revealed. “So I think I can count this season out depending on when surgery is.”

It is a major blow to the team with Coutts having played a big part in their all-conquering season last term. City face Kyle Team Ayrshire at Liberton High School tomorrow but should be too strong for their opponents, having already beaten them in straight sets in the league earlier this month.

In the men’s John Syer Trophy, new-look City of Edinburgh host Beacon Fire and will also expect a win. The capital side doused Fire comfortably enough in the league away from home this month 25-18 25-15 25-23 but will be taking nothing for granted.

Edinburgh Jets open their challenge against Dundee wary that their opponents stretched them in a couple of sets before they collected full points in the league earlier this season.

The first round of the Scottish Cup also takes place tomorrow with Edinburgh University at Glasgow Mets II in the men’s competition and their women’s team away to St Andrews University in an all-student clash.