Newcastle’s midfield superstar Emily van Egmond has called time on her 2019 season after confirming she will be undergoing ankle surgery to remedy an injury sustained during the Matildas’ 2019 Women’s World Cup campaign.
Van Egmond, who has been playing for Orlando Pride in the United States since Australia were knocked out of the World Cup in France in the group stage, will be returning Down Under for the ankle surgery.
“We are obviously very upset to lose Emily for the remainder of the season. As a club, we know that Emily is a world-class athlete and she has the mental capacity to push herself beyond her physical limitations,” Orlando’s general manager Erik Ustruck said.
“However, her long-term health is our biggest priority. We wish her the best and look forward to her full recovery.”
The Newcastle star has played 25 games for the Pride since joining last year. The club has struggled to find their feet in the National Women’s Soccer League this season. Pride currently sits last on 11 points with just three wins and two draws.
Emily’s ankle injury and recovery following the imminent surgery also puts in doubts the Matildas midfielder’s return to the Newcastle Jets for the 2019/20 W-League season. Van Egmond was one of the club’s co-captains in their last campaign.
The fixture list for the W-League’s upcoming season has yet to be announced.