Injury won’t hold back Lightning’s Ross Green

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Ross Green’s broken ankle is progressing as planned, and he should be ready to begin the season for MK Lightning.

The 23-year-old has re-signed for Lightning for the forthcoming season.

He first iced for the Lightning in 2008 aged just 16, in a season that saw him ice for Storm as well as the MK Thunder - a pattern repeated the following season, illustrating the defenceman’s versatility.

That effort paid off as Green was selected for the Great Britain shade at U18 level for the World Junior Championships for the 2009-10 season, then at U20 level two seasons later.

In 2012 he committed himself full-time to play for Lightning.

The run-in to the climax of last season saw Green sustain a broken ankle in a freak training accident, ruling him out of Lightning’s fight for silverware at the play-offs.

But team-mates and supporters alike rallied around him to keep his spirits high, and he player is now looking forward to his eighth season in MKL colours.

“I’m really excited about getting back on the ice and getting the new season underway,” he said.

“Obviously I was gutted that my season was cut short due to injury sustained in training - but I’ve been working hard off the ice to get my leg stronger so that I’ll be ready to compete in September.

“I have been having regular physio sessions and recently had an operation to remove all the metal work from my ankle.

“That was a success so hopefully I will be back on the ice in a few weeks time.”