|Lithuania are dealt a blow as Sandra Linkeviciene will miss the team's qualification campaign this summer|
The 32-year-old, who was expected to provide the main thrust of the team's challenge, sustained a broken hand during one of the opening practices of the team's preparation camp.
Action was taken to address the setback via immediate surgery and that means she will not be able to line-up this summer in scheduled games against Belgium, Great Britain and F.Y.R. of Macedonia in Group B.
Having only just returned from maternity leave, Lithuania are likely to once again miss her leadership, all-action approach and contributions at both ends of the floor.