Matildas star Ellie Carpenter is facing a race against time to be ready for the 2023 Women’s World Cup on home soil after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Lyon’s Champions League triumph.
Lyon claimed a record-extending eighth Women’s Champions League crown courtesy of a 3-1 win over Barcelona on Saturday, however, the triumph was overshadowed by Carpenter’s injury.
Carpenter – the winner of two Champions League titles – hobbled off after just 13 minutes, with the Liberty A-League product’s knee giving way in a challenge.
Lyon and Australia’s worst fears have been confirmed after the French powerhouse announced Carpenter will undergo surgery on the torn ACL on Wednesday.
Carpenter is facing at least six months on the sidelines.
It’s news that will rock the Matildas, who are preparing to co-host next year’s World Cup with New Zealand.
The World Cup is scheduled to get underway in July.
Carpenter, meanwhile, was one of four Lyon players named in the Division 1 Feminine team of the season.