Chloe Logarzo has arrived home in Sydney and set her sights on playing finals football with the Jets this season following ankle surgery.
The 21-year-old Olympian is set to be sidelined for at least eight weeks after undergoing a key-hole procedure on a torn ligament in Adelaide on Wednesday.
Logarzo, who suffered the injury while playing for Swedish club Eskilstuna United on November 5, hopes to rejoin the top-of-the-table Newcastle for play-offs in February.
“The girls are doing so well already this season,” Logarzo said. “They need to keep doing what they are doing and I’m hoping to catch up and play with them in the finals.”
Jets coach Craig Deans believes age and fitness are on the midfielder’s side.
“I have no doubt Chloe’s fitness will see her bounce back much quicker but at 21, she has a lengthy career ahead of her,” Deans said. “The most important thing now is ensuring the recovery is as effective as possible for her long-term health.”
The Matildas’ representative will support from the sidelines during next Sunday’s clash with Sydney FC at McDonald Jones Stadium.
In the meantime Newcastle meet Canberra at McKellar Park on Saturday (4pm).
Jets striker Jen Hoy, the US import who scored her first goal for the club in Sunday’s 1-0 win at home against Perth, said the squad now has a “target on their back”.
Hoy said she was impressed at training by 15-year-old Mount Hutton goalkeeper Annalee Grove, who has been called into cover Kelsey Wys after the American suffered a season-ending knee injury.