Injury forces Kate Taylor out of match but Ferns duo set to return for Phoenix

Football Ferns midfielder Kate Taylor has been ruled out of the Wellington Phoenix squad to meet Melbourne Victory in Sunday’s women’s A-League match.

While Taylor is on the Phoenix injured list, her New Zealand teammates Annalie Longo and Macey Fraser have recovered from injuries picked up at February’s OFC Women’s Olympic qualifiers in Samoa.

Main photo: Kate Taylor … will not be available for Sunday’s game against Melbourne Victory.

Longo (calf strain) and Fraser (concussion) returned early from the Olympic tournament for treatment at their club’s Lower Hutt base.

Mariana Speckmaier … back in the squad after missing the 3-0 loss to Western United.

Leading goalscorer Mariana Speckmaier, who missed the Round 17 match against Western United, also returns from injury, giving the Phoenix their strongest matchday squad for some weeks.

While not included in the travelling squad for Round 18, midfielder Olivia Ingham (18) is available to play again after rehabilitation for her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

The scholarship player is a national age group international and was the Phoenix academy’s Player of the Year.

She injured her left knee in late 2022 and was forced to miss the Phoenix reserves’ 2023 national league campaign.

Ingham has talked to the media about her recovery from injury:


Game to be played on Sunday March 3, 2024

Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix
La Trobe University Park, Melbourne, 4pm (NZT)

Ins and outs

Melbourne Victory

2.Jamilla RANKIN, 3.Tori HANSEN, 4.Sara D’APPOLONIA, 5.Jessika NASH, 6.Beattie GOAD, 7.Ella O’GRADY, 8.Alana MURPHY, 9.Emily GIELNIK, 10.Alex CHIDIAC, 13.Kurea OKINO, 15.Emma CHECKER, 16.Paige ZOIS, 18.Kayla MORRISON, 19.Lia PRIVITELLI, 21.Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 23.Rachel LOWE, 27.Rosie CURTIS, 50.Courtney NEWBON, 66.Geo CANDY

Ins: 6. Beattie GOAD, 7.Ella O’GRADY, 16.Paige ZOIS, 27.Rosie CURTIS

Outs: 11.McKenzie WEINERT

Unavailable: 1. Lydia WILLIAMS, 20.Miranda TEMPLEMAN

Wellington Phoenix (four to be omitted)

1. Rylee FOSTER (gk), 2. Zoe MCMEEKEN, 4. Mackenzie BARRY, 6. Macey FRASER, 7. Isabel COX, 9. Kelli BROWN, 10. Alyssa WHINHAM, 11. Hope BRESLIN, 12. Brianna EDWARDS (gk), 13. Michaela FOSTER, 14. Michaela ROBERTSON, 15. Daisy BRAZENDALE, 16. Annalie LONGO (c), 17. Mariana SPECKMAIER , 18. Hailey DAVIDSON, 20. Emma MAIN, 21. Manaia ELLIOTT, 23. Rebecca LAKE, 26. Tiana JABER, 27. Helena ERRINGTON

Ins: 4. Mackenzie BARRY (returning from international duty), 6. Macey FRASER (returning from injury), 12. Brianna EDWARDS (gk) (returning from international duty), 13. Michaela FOSTER (returning from international duty),16. Annalie LONGO (c) (returning from injury), 17. Mariana SPECKMAIER (returning from injury)

Out: 19. Liv INGHAM (omitted), 22. Aimee DANIELI (gk) (omitted), 25. Ella MCMILLAN (omitted)

Unavailable: 3. Kate TAYLOR (injured), 5. Marisa VAN DER MEER (injured), 8. Grace WISNEWSKI (injured)


Table at 8am (NZT) on Friday March 1.

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