Melbourne Vixens goal attack Tegan Philip will miss the 2016 ANZ Championship after scans on Sunday confirmed a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Philip was carried from the court after injuring her left knee in the final minutes of the Vixens pre-season match against the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Shepparton on Saturday night.
Although devastated by the injury, Philip remained positive about her pending surgery and rehabilitation.
“Unfortunately, injuries like these are a part of the game and I’ve now got to focus on my rehab and doing what I can to assist the team from the sidelines,” Philip said.
“I know I’ll have the support of my husband, family and teammates, especially Madi (Robinson) who went through this last year and has come back in fantastic shape.”
Philip will undergo surgery in Melbourne and will complete her rehab at the Victorian Institute of Sport with the full support of Netball Victoria, Melbourne Vixens medical staff and her teammates.
The star shooter was set to embark on her seventh season with the Melbourne Vixens in the ANZ Championship after making her debut in 2010, notching up 72 career games.
She was joint runner up in the Sharelle McMahon Medal in 2015 and steered the Melbourne Vixens team to the premiership in 2014 with a best on court performance.
The Melbourne Vixens are now considering their options for a replacement player ahead of the 2016 ANZ Championship season.
The team will travel to Sydney next week for the ANZ Championship Pre-Season Shootout from 18-20 March.