Garvey, 17 and from Rossendale in Lancashire, fell at the GB training base in Aarhus, Denmark, fracturing her cheek bone and eye socket on the corner of a table and leaving her unable to train for several weeks.
“I am still a little swollen and bruised,” she said. “I'm surviving, but after seeing the surgeon I was told that it would be a minimum of five weeks before I can start playing again.
“I will be able to start going to the gym and doing non-impact activities soon to ensure my fitness levels don’t drop and that all the hard work I, and the team, have put in isn’t wasted.”
For the Haslingden Handball Club player who has been playing since she was nine, the injury is a blow for someone who dreams of representing Great Britain in the London 2012 Olympics.
“My mum cried when she saw me at the airport after coming to pick me up,” added Paige. “I will be working hard with the backroom staff in the GB camp and hope to return better than ever.
“I think my team-mates will put on a good show in Sheffield and hope everyone comes out to support the team, but it’s going to be really hard just watching when I should be playing!”
And Team Manager Melanie Chowns added: “It’s a real shame for Paige to miss out on the Tournament because she has been doing so well ever since coming out to the Academy. But I know she’s determined to get back as soon as possible and play her part on the success of the team.”
photos Janos Schmidt