The Newcastle Jets can confirm that Westfield W-League captain, Emily van Egmond will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an ankle injury at training yesterday.
The Matildas vice-captain rolled her ankle in fairly innocuous circumstances at the Club’s training base, No.2 Sportsground.
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Van Egmond has suffered a badly sprained ankle, in addition to some suspected ligament damage.
Assessments are still being carried out on the midfielder, but at this early stage she is set to be sidelined for the next six weeks – ruling her out of the remainder of the Jets 2018/19 campaign.
The Club has already been in contact with the Matildas medical team and will work closely with them to ensure van Egmond is ready and available for the national team ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019.
Westfield W-League Head Coach, Craig Deans said he was disappointed to lose his captain for the remainder of the season.
“It’s hard to lose any player, even more so when it’s someone of Emily’s quality,” Deans said.
“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.
“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 (Westfield) W-League.
Van Egmond joins a list of Jets on the sidelines, with Taylor Smith (ACL) and Katie Stengel (foot) and Cortnee Vine (calf) currently unavailable for Craig Deans.