Matildas star Larissa Crummer has revealed she will not be able to play for the Jets this W-League season after post-surgery complications, but promised she’s gunning for a return to the field for Newcastle in 2020/21.
The club confirmed the 23-year-old was still looking to fully rehabilitate after her horrific leg injury against Adelaide United during the 2018/19 W-League season last January, and would be keeping her sidelined to prevent further setbacks.
Crummer’s rehabilitation and recovery was going well following the injury at the start of the year, with head coach Craig Deans and the Australian international both suggesting she would be able to turn out for the Jets in their current campaign.
Assessments behind the scenes have confirmed that recovery has been slower than first expected, forcing Deans to run a red line through her name for 2019/20.
“I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to get out there with the girls this season, but it’s going to be best for my body in the long run,” Crummer said after breaking the news via club media on Thursday afternoon.
“There was a chance that I’d be able to get back on the pitch at the back end of this season but it would have been tight and the risk wasn’t worth it. I’ll be staying in Newcastle to focus on my recovery and make sure I’m in top shape for next season.”
Crummer made six appearances for the Jets in her first season, after the Novocastrian club signed her from the Seattle Reign in 2018. She has confirmed she will be sticking with Newcastle for the 2020/21 season following her recovery.
Deans also weighed in on the injury update, and said that while he was disappointed Crummer wouldn’t be able to bolster the Jets as they continue to search for their first win of the season, he understood it was the right call.
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“Obviously the injury was a pretty horrific one and we have to make sure that Larissa’s body is back at 100% before we consider getting her back,” he said.
“She’s an important part of the squad behind the scenes, and she’ll continue to be around the group and a part of things while she continues her recovery.”
Newcastle return home to the Hunter this Saturday, where they face Canberra United in the W-League third round. The match is part of a club double-header at McDonald Jones Stadium, with the women set to open proceedings at 4.30pm.