Central defender Laura Alleway will miss the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in France with an injury.
The Melbourne Victory defender had scans in Turkey and the Netherlands on her injured foot during the team’s preparatory period but unfortunately has not recovered to be ready for kick-off in France.
She will be replaced by Canberra United's Karly Roestbakken, who actually 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 and as a group, we feel for her,” Matildas 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.”
The call-up is a deserved accolade for the 18-year old, who has been training in the Future Matildas program in Sydney and earlier this year captained the Young Matildas during the 2019 AFC U-19 Women’s Championship qualification this year.
Canberra coach Heather Garriock said it was well deserved for the youngster.
“Karly was consistently one of our best players this past season so to see her get this call-up is really great news,” she said.
“The injury to Laura is a big shame and I wish her all the best, but I look forward to seeing Karly take this incredible chance with both hands.”
The Matildas will kick off their World Cup campaign against Italy on Sunday at 9pm (AEST).