Around the grounds: Wanderers' Whyman undergoes surgery, fit-again Raso eyes Roar glory

Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Jada Whyman is set to miss a large chunk of the Westfield W-League 2019/20 Season after undergoing surgery this week.

The promising shot-stopper revealed the news on Twitter, confirming she went under the knife to fix a patella tendon injury.

Whyman had been ‘managing’ the issue for the last couple of seasons but decided the time was right to try and fix the problem permanently.

The 20-year-old’s injury woes was the main factor behind coach Dean Heffernan recruiting American youth international Abby Smith ahead of the new season.

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At this stage there is no timeframe on Whyman’s return to action.

After opening the campaign with a 2-1 win over Adelaide United last Thursday, the Wanderers host Newcastle Jets on Friday afternoon at Bankwest Stadium.

The match is part of a double-header with the Hyundai A-League, with the Wanderers taking on league-leaders Melbourne City.

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Fighting fit Raso predicting success for Roar

Dashing winger Hayley Raso is confident Brisbane Roar’s new-look Westfield W-League squad has the ability to go all the way in the 2019/20 Season.

Roar have finished in the top-two for the last two seasons, only to fall at the Semi Final stage in both campaigns.

Jake Goodship’s side open their season on Thursday night, hosting Melbourne Victory at Dolphin Stadium in Redcliffe.

After an injury-plagued 2018/19 Season, Raso is feeling fit and fresh and positive Roar are in for another strong campaign.

“It’s good to get back around the team that I’m going to be playing with for the rest of the season,” Raso told Roar’s official website.

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“I think we’ve added a lot more depth this season – we’ve brought back a few Queenslanders and got our internationals back.

“We’re just building on from the seasons we’ve had and this is the season we want to go all the way.

“He’s [Goodship] been great and I’ve heard a lot of positive things from everybody.

“He’s tough and he’s hard on us but we’re getting really good sessions in at training.”

Hayley Raso in training with Brisbane Roar
Hayley Raso in training with Brisbane Roar

Roestbakken in doubt for Canberra

Canberra United are sweating on the fitness of co-captain Karly Roestbakken for Sunday’s clash with Melbourne City.

Roestbakken had to be substituted with 17 minutes left in United’s 2-0 win over Perth Glory in Round 1 after copping a blow to the face.

Scans confirmed the Westfield Matildas defender suffered a broken nose.

United host City at McKellar Park on Sunday afternoon, with United’s medical staff to monitor Roestbakken’s condition before making a decision on her ability closer to the match.

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