Newcastle Jets captain Emily van Egmond will miss the remainder of the W-League season and now joins a long-list of injured players in the club’s casualty ward.
The 25-year-old Australian representative suffered a sprained ankle and suspected ligament damage training at No.2 Sportsground on Wednesday.
Jets officials said she is expected to spend at least six weeks on the sidelines, meaning she will miss the rest of the 2018-2019 campaign starting with Perth Glory at home on Saturday.
“It’s hard to lose any player, even more so when it’s someone of Emily’s quality,” Newcastle coach Craig Deans told Jets media.
“She loves leading this team and representing her town and this club – she’ll be devastated to miss the rest of the season.
“Obviously this is a massive year for the Matildas, so now our focus is helping Em get back to full fitness as quickly as possible for the Cup of Nations and then the World Cup.
“We’ve already begun that work with the Matildas medical team and Bronwyn [W-League physiotherapist, Bronwyn Vaughn] does a fantastic job – Em is in good hands.”
Van Egmond makes four unavailable Jets’ troops alongside US pair Katie Stengel (foot), Taylor Smith (ACL) and Cortnee Vine (calf).
“It’s just been one of those seasons for us, we can’t take a trick when it comes to injuries, but now it gives some of the younger girls a great opportunity to gain some experience in the W-League,” Deans said.
The Jets are eighth on the competition ladder, seven points outside the top four, with four regular round matches remaining before the finals.