Football Federation Australia (FFA) has advised that defender Laura Alleway has been ruled out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ due to injury, and has been replaced by Canberra United player Karly Roestbakken.
Alleway, who plays for Melbourne Victory in the Westfield W-League, had scans in Turkey and the Netherlands on her injured foot during the team’s preparatory period and unfortunately has not recovered sufficiently to be ready for kick-off in France.
Canberra United youngster Roestbakken, who has represented Australia at youth level, joined the squad two days ago on standby and has now been promoted to the Matildas’ full roster ahead of the tournament.
“This is an unfortunate situation for Laura (Alleway) and as a group we feel for her,” Matildas Head Coach Ante Milicic said.
“We have given her every opportunity to return to full fitness ahead of the tournament, but with our first match now just days away we needed to make a call which has provided Karly (Roestbakken) a fantastic opportunity.”
World Cup France 2019™ – Group C – Australia Matches
Australia v Italy
Date: Sunday, 9 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Kick-off: 9.00pm AEST (1.00pm local time, same day)
Australia v Brazil
Date: Friday, 14 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Kick-off: 2.00am AEST (6.00pm local time, Thursday 13 June)
Jamaica v Australia
Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Kick-off: 5.00am AEST (9.00pm local time, Tuesday 18 June)
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