Katie Stengel is unlikely to be involved in the first doubleheader of the season in Newcastle following an ankle injury in training on Monday.

The American forward has been a key component in the Jets’ attacking setup this season, who currently sit in sixth place after four games. Her ability to hold up the ball and bring surrounding attackers into play has been a valuable asset early on in the campaign.

Fortunately, the coaching staff have a variety of attacking options to potentially replace Stengel for the game against Melbourne City on Sunday, but will need to adjust their attacking approach depending on the personnel.

“It’s unlikely that she’ll play this weekend,” assistant coach Ash Wilson said.

“We have a philosophy of trying to get the ball forward and being more effective in the front third.

“We need to be a bit more clinical in the chances that we do create.”

Last week the Jets were disappointing in their loss against Brisbane Roar, and will look to bounce back against the defending champions Melbourne City on Sunday.

“If we lose to Melbourne City, they jump us,” Wilson said.

City have been inconsistent early on this season, sitting in seventh place with three losses, a win and a draw.

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“They’ve been the champions for the last couple of years and there’s a reason for that – they have quality players. We can’t look at the ladder and see them below us and think it’s going to be easy.”

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