A week after losing their captain Caitlin Bassett to injury, vice-captain Gabi Simpson has been ruled out of the Quad Series.
Simpson will miss the remaining two matches of the Northern Quad Series after sustaining a minor injury to her upper leg during a practice match.
New squad member Kiera Austin is set to be named as her replacement and if she takes to the court, she will become Diamond #177.
Like Bassett, Simpson will remain involved with the team in an off-court leadership capacity for the remainder of the tour.
“It is very unfortunate that Gabi has been ruled out of this series, but we’re grateful it’s only a minor injury and that, like Caitlin (Bassett), she’ll be back on the court training with her Suncorp Super Netball team within weeks,” Australian coach Lisa Alexander said.
“We’re building our momentum towards the Vitality Netball World Cup in July and this provides a tremendous opportunity for our athletes to demonstrate why they should be in that team.”
For the remainder of the Quad Series, Caitlin Thwaites and Liz Watson have been elevated from the team’s leadership group to on-court captain and vice-captain respectively.