In­jury agony for Matilda

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - MARCO MON­TEVERDE

MATILDAS star Elise Kel­lond-Knight is in dan­ger of miss­ing next year’s Olympic Games af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous knee in­jury.

The 29-year-old mid­fielder tore her ACL while play­ing for her Swedish club Kris­tianstads DFF against Rosen­gard.

With the Olympics a year away, Kel­lond-Knight will be in a race against time to prove her fit­ness for the tour­na­ment.

“Well that sucks. Con­firmed ACL. The last 12 months were al­ready the tough­est by far … but looks like things can al­ways get worse. Find­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion for other things in my life. Foot­ball can be the cru­ellest, yet we still love it,” tweeted Kel­lond-Knight, who has strug­gled with ham­string and back prob­lems in the past year.

Matildas coach Ante Mili­cic was adamant the for­mer Bris­bane Roar and Mel­bourne City star would “leave no stone un­turned” in mak­ing a full re­cov­ery from her knee in­jury.

“`KK’ is an im­por­tant mem­ber of the Matildas squad and fam­ily, and while she will re­main in Europe to start her re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, she knows that the full sup­port of the FFA med­i­cal and sports sci­ence de­part­ments are avail­able to her day and night,” Mili­cic said.

Gold Coast-born Kel­lond

Knight has made 112 ap­pear­ances for the Matildas and was named in the FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team in 2011 and 2015.

There is bet­ter news for Kel­lond-Knight’s Matildas team­mate Macken­zie Arnold, who has joined English Women’s Su­per League club West Ham.

Capped 24 times for the na­tional team, for­mer Roar goal­keeper Arnold is “de­lighted” to sign for the Ham­mers.

“I feel like this move has been some­thing I’ve been look­ing for­ward to for a long time, and I don’t think I could have ended up at a more per­fect team for me,” Arnold told the club’s web­site.

“(Coach) Matt (Beard), the staff and the girls have been so wel­com­ing al­ready and I can’t wait to get over to Eng­land to start train­ing all to­gether.”

Elise Kel­lond-Knight

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