Wanderers youngster called into Westfield Matildas’ 2018 Algarve Cup squad

Emily Gielnik has been ruled out of the Westfield Matildas’ 2018 Algarve Cup squad due to injury.

Prior to last night’s departure to Portugal, Gielnik was replaced in the squad by Western Sydney Wanderers FC forward Rachel Lowe.

Lowe could make her Westfield Matildas debut at the 2018 Algarve Cup, where Australia will meet Norway, China PR, and hosts Portugal in the group stage.

It is hoped that Gielnik will return to full fitness ahead of the Westfield Matildas’ participation in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan.

The Westfield Matildas will play their 2018 Algarve Cup pool matches in the cities of Albufeira (two matches) and Algarve, before playing a fourth and final ranking match at the 12-team invitational tournament in a yet to be determined destination.

Following the 2018 Algarve Cup the Westfield Matildas will return to Australia where they will continue their preparations for the important 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

Australia will play Japan, Korea Republic and Vietnam in Group B of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. The top five teams at the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in France.

Squad Number

Name

Club, Country

1

Lydia WILLIAMS (Gk)

Melbourne City FC, Australia

2

Caitlin COOPER

Sydney FC, Australia

3

Hannah BREWER

Newcastle Jets, Australia

4

Clare POLKINGHORNE

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

5

Laura ALLEWAY

Melbourne Victory, Australia

6

Chloe LOGARZO

Sydney FC, Australia

7

Steph CATLEY

Melbourne City FC, Australia

8

Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT

FFC Turbine Potsdam, Germany

9

Emily CONDON

Adelaide United, Australia

10

Emily VAN EGMOND

Newcastle Jets, Australia

11

Lisa DE VANNA

Sydney FC, Australia

13

Tameka BUTT

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

14

Alanna KENNEDY

Melbourne City FC, Australia

16

Hayley RASO

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

17

Alex CHIDIAC

Adelaide United, Australia

18

Mackenzie ARNOLD (Gk)

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

19

Katrina GORRY

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

20

Samantha KERR

Perth Glory, Australia

21

Ellie CARPENTER

Canberra United, Australia

22

Larissa CRUMMER

Melbourne City FC, Australia

23

Michelle HEYMAN

Canberra United, Australia

TBC

Rachel LOWE

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia


2018 Algarve Cup – Westfield Matildas Matches

Westfield Matildas v Norway
Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Venue: Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufiera, Portugal
Kick-off: 6.30pm (local) (5.30am, Thursday, 1 March 2018 AEDT)
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 503

Portugal v Westfield Matildas
Date: Friday, 2 March 2018
Venue: Estadio Algarve, Algarve, Portugal
Kick-off: 3pm (local) (2am, Saturday, 3 March 2018 AEDT)
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 506

Westfield Matildas v China PR
Date: Monday, 5 March 2018
Venue: Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufiera, Portugal
Kick-off: 7pm (local) (6am, Tuesday, 6 March 2018)
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 501