UPDATE: Larissa Crummer was having surgery on a broken shinbone on Saturday after sustaining the injury in Newcastle’s 2-1 W-League away win over Adelaide on Friday night.
Crummer confirmed via social media that she had broken the tibia in her left leg in the clash with Adelaide goalkeeper Sarah Willacy in the eighth minute.
The Jets said in a statement that “the club is flying Larissa’s mother to Adelaide to be with her daughter, and will provide whatever it can to help facilitate her recovery. It’s too early to make any firm assessments on a timeframe for the injury, for which Larissa will undergo surgery on Saturday morning”.
Jets coach Craig Deans: “It’s a devastating blow for Larissa, and us as a staff and all the girls will do everything and anything we can to help her get through this injury. Larissa had been enjoying her football in Newcastle, it’s never easy coming to a new club but she’d settled in well and is a much-loved member of the squad. We are all devastated.”
FRIDAY 9.30pm: Larissa Crummer’s World Cup hopes appeared in tatters after she suffered a suspected broken left leg in Newcastle’s 2-1 away win over Adelaide on Friday night.
Crummer, who came to the Jets this W-League season to develop as a defender ahead of the June-July World Cup, was thrown forward in the round 13 game but was down in agony in just the eighth minute after colliding with keeper Sarah Willacy.
Play was stopped for more than 13 minutes as the Matildas star was given pain relief and had her leg placed in a splint before she was stretchered to a waiting ambulance. Initial fears were she had broken her tibia and fibula.
Willacy was given a yellow card and Newcastle a penalty for the foul. Arin Wright converted. Adelaide, three points outside the top four before the game, equalised via Fanndís Friðriksdóttir in the 29th minute. Pana Petratos scored the winner in the 91st for Newcastle, who are out of the finals race.
It was Petratos’ first goal in the W-League. Newcastle moved to 13 points, five points behind fourth-placed Sydney, with a home game against last-placed Western Sydney to come.
The Jets were missing injured stars Emily Van Egmond, Gema Simon, Katie Stengel and Taylor Smith.