Sydney FC Captain Natalie Tobin is to miss the rest of the Liberty A-League 2023-24 Women’s season after scans confirmed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl) in her right knee.
The 27-year old skipper was stretchered off in the second half of Saturday’s 2-0 Sydney Derby win over Western Sydney Wanderers, after going to ground while making a tackle in the penalty area.
Tobin lifted both the Championship and Premiership trophies last season and was named the Sydney FC’s Women’s Player of the Year at the Sky Blue Ball.
“It’s devastating to miss the season, especially as it has only just started,” she said.
“I’m still coming to terms with it but the support I’ve had from the girls, from the club, the coaching staff and the fans, as well as family and friends has been amazing.
“I’m focusing on the positives and I will still be around the girls giving them every bit of energy and support that I can throughout the season.
“It’s a long recovery but I’m looking forward to getting going on it as soon as I can.”
Head Coach Ante Juric says the news is devastating for Tobin and for the squad.
“It’s a big blow for Natalie and for us as she is a fantastic leader and we will need to adapt on the field without her now,” he said.
“I know she will be back stronger than ever before, as she is a resilient person who can overcome big hurdles.
“That is the type of character she is, and we will give her every bit of support that we can.”
Tobin has won three Championships and three Premiers Plates with Sydney FC and is one of the club’s all-time capped and most decorated players.
Saturday’s Sydney Derby was her 101st appearance for the club in over ten years of service.
Princess Ibini will take over captaincy duties in her absence.