The Newcastle Jets have confirmed their import striker Larissa Crummer has suffered a suspected broken leg.
The injury to the Australian international came early in the first half of the side’s clash with Adelaide United on Friday night, after a collision with the Reds keeper Sarah Willacy inside the penalty area.
Paramedics present provided treatment on-field, placing her leg in a splint before taking the distressed striker to hospital.
Jets boss Craig Deans pledged the support of the coaching staff and playing group after the news broke.
“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,” Deans said.
“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.”
Crummer took to social media to thank Newcastle and key figures within the club like Deans and chief executive Lawrie McKinna for all they had done since the injury.
“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,” she posted on Twitter.
“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.”
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, however, it’s suspected that it is an injury of a serious nature.
The club will provide further updates as to the details and timeframe of the injury once that information is known.