The Newcastle Jets have today confirmed that American midfielder Taylor Smith ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in the side's 2-2 draw with Perth on Saturday night.
After earlier providing both assists for Katie Stengel's quick fire double, Smith landed awkwardly whilst challenging for a ball with Perth's Rachel Hill in the 82nd minute.
The American international immediately grabbed her right knee and was in obvious discomfort before being stretchered from the field.
Smith has impressed many in her debut season in the W-League, starting every match for Newcastle and claiming the Club's November Westfield W-League Player of the Month award.
Jets head coach Craig Deans was obviously disappointed to lose such an influential player and said the club would do everything it could to help Smith with her recovery.
"Taylor has been key for us so far this season, and we anticipated she'd play a big role moving towards the finals series," Deans said.
"She's a fantastic person and it's been great having her in the group, which makes this injury all the more upsetting.
"It's devastating for us and for Taylor, and we'll do everything we can to support her in recovering from this injury and getting back to her best."
The Jets have the bye this round and will be heading up to the Gold Coast to play two friendlies against the Chinese National Team, and Deans will now have to use these matches as an opportunity to find a replacement for Smith before their Round 9 clash with Adelaide on December 30th.