Roestbakken Bids Farewell to Injury Year and Starts 2022 in the Spotlight | Canberra weather

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Karly Roestbakken made a remarkable return to the pitch last month to end her year full of injuries and is looking to start 2022 on the front foot. Already, Canberrane are back in the race at Matildas, as they look to gain their first minutes for the national team since April of last year. The defender made an early return to the pitch for Canberra United during her six-week stay in the capital, marking her first full 90 minutes since her foot injury left her sidelined for more than six months. In just a few weeks, she has gone from around 10 minutes of playing time in the 2021 Norwegian Toppserien season to over 380 minutes in the A-League Women’s. The 20-year-old’s hard work to get back on the pitch paid off, as she was one of four players nominated to contend for the remaining two spots on Tony Gustavsson’s Asian Cup squad. Twenty-one players were locked up and four more – Roestbakken, Winonah Heatley, Holly McNamara and Cortnee Vine – were selected to fight to complete the 23-man squad at a training camp in the United Arab Emirates ahead of the tournament. MORE SPORT FROM CANBERRA: Roestbakken will compete with Heatley for the final defensive role, while McNamara and Vine will face each other in attack. The outcome of the camp, and whether she can add to her seven national caps, will also likely coincide with Roestbakken’s 21st birthday on January 17, before the cup kicks off three days later. Roestbakken’s injury-ridden year 2021 started with the Matildas in a friendly against Germany, when his foot injury reached breaking point. One of the bright spots of her year has been her ability to return home to Canberra on loan to United by Norwegian club LSK Kvinner FK until January 8 to help her gain experience and match minutes. . In a statement released last month, however, LSK said Roestbakken’s loan could be extended for another month. The final decision will depend on whether she makes the Australian squad to play in Mumbai against Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. The likely replacement in United’s starting XI for Roestbakken – if she is part of the Matildas squad – would be Hayley Taylor-Young, if United head coach Vicki Linton returns to 4-3-3. If Linton chooses to stay in the 3-4-3 lineup, Laura Hughes will likely be the player’s replacement on loan. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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