W-League | Amy Harrison returns for Sydney FC

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After a year off the pitch due to injury the promising young footballer, Amy Harrison, looks set to make her return for the Sky Blues this weekend at Lambert Park.

The number eight remembers the exact moment she tore her ACL and MCL against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park, as her push for selection into the Matilda’s 2016 Olympic squad slipped away in late December 2015.

“I burst into tears after I had my MRI and found out I had tore my ACL and MCL. I realised any hope of making the Rio Olympic squad was over.

“It’s the worst feeling I’ve ever had, it was very hard, but the whole process has definitely made me mentally and emotionally stronger.”

Whilst the injury and rehab for her injury has been “extremely difficult” for the 20-year-old, she says it’s left her feeling stronger than ever. Before adding just how excited she is to get back on the pitch.

“I’m ridiculously excited, I feel like a little kid again. I can’t wait to play”.

Sydney FC coach Daniel Barrett confirmed the squad’s excitement for her return on Saturday night and the extra value she adds to their back line for their push into finals football.

“We are very excited to have a Matilda coming back into the squad. Amy has a bright future in football and she’s looking fitter and stronger than ever, but we will ease her into match fitness as we keep in mind the bigger picture for her career.”

Although Harrison has only been cleared to play 15-20 minutes to help build her match fitness back up, she says her knee won’t be causing her grief anytime soon.

“I’ve worked hard on my knee and the surrounding muscles, to make sure I feel no difference between either knee. They both feel really strong after my 12 months of rehab.”

Round 13 of the W-League sees Sydney FC host Newcastle Jets in a must win match for both teams. With Sydney pushing for the Premiership and Newcastle struggling to make the top four on Saturday, it’s do or die.

Coach Barrett emphasised his team’s need for the three points to secure the silverware.

“Newcastle are a tricky team for us, they always have been and we have a lot of respect for them. While we know the Jets need the three points to advance to finals, we also need the points to win the Premiership.”

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Isobel Cootes
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A player turned Journalist that's still holding onto the dream by writing about the Newcastle Jets this season!

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