THE Jets hope to give injured star Larissa Crummer a boost in her complicated recovery with a season-ending win in front of a big crowd against Western Sydney on Saturday night at No.2 Sportsground.
Crummer remains in Adelaide’s Calvary Wakefield Hospital after breaking the tibia and fibula bones in her left leg last Friday night in a collision with Reds keeper Sarah Willacy. The Matildas utility had surgery on Saturday to stabilise the breaks but has had further operations after complications with compartment syndrome, which occurs when pressure within muscles builds.
.@LarissaCrummer is headed in for a second bout of surgery on her broken leg, but said she'll be doing everything she can to be back in Newy to cheer on the girls this Saturday. Best of luck tonight Larissa, we're with you all the way! 💪 #MadeOfNewcastlepic.twitter.com/1Gkcc3Vlky— NEWCASTLE JETS FC ✈️ (@NewcastleJetsFC) January 29, 2019
Jets W-League coach Craig Deans said Crummer was having surgery on Tuesday “to sew up a couple of the open wounds from the compartment syndrome surgery” and she faces another. He also said “the break wasn’t as clean as X-rays showed” and there was “more damage to the bone than first thought”.
“The more I talk to doctors and physios, the more complicated it seems to be getting,” Deans said. “We just have to keep talking to her and make sure she’s in a good place and do everything we can to help her. Hopefully we can get her to the game on Saturday. It might be a nice little boost for her if we can get a good crowd and a win and finish the season off in a positive way.”
Crummer used social media to thank the Jets, especially CEO Lawrie McKinna and Deans, and others for their support and she said she was driven to play again for the club.
“It’s been a very emotional few days for me after fracturing my Tibia and Fibula on Friday, especially with The Women’s World Cup well and truly off the cards.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the @newcastlejetsfc staff and my team mates for their continued support for me and for my family.
“Lawrie and Craig have been in constant communication with me and my family, flying them down from Brisbane and putting them up in accommodation while I recover.
“I consider @newcastlejetsfc a home away from home and can’t wait to get back in the blue and red and perform at my best.”
Newcastle and Western Sydney are out of the finals race.