Elise Kellond-Knight suffers serious knee injury

Westfield Matildas Head Coach Ante Milicic is backing Elise Kellond-Knight to "leave no stone unturned" with her rehabilitation following the disappointing news of the midfielder's serious knee injury.

Kellond-Knight confirmed via social media on Thursday that she suffered an ACL injury on her return to football with Swedish club Kristianstads DFF.

It was a cruel blow for the 29-year-old, with the injury coming in the first round of the 2020 Damallsvenskan season.

"Well that sucks. Confirmed ACL," Kellond-Knight wrote via a Tweet.

"The last 12 months were already the toughest by far... but looks like things can always get worse.

"Finding appreciation for other things in my life. Football can be the cruelest, yet we still love it."

Milicic praised Kellond-Knight's professionalism and determination, backing her to overcome the injury setback. 

"We were disappointed to learn the news this week that Elise Kellond-Knight had suffered a serious knee injury," he said. 

"KK [Kellond-Knight] is an important member of the Matildas squad and family, and while she will remain in Europe to commence her rehabilitation, she knows that the full support of the FFA medical and sports science departments are available to her day and night. 

"KK is a model professional and I know she will leave no stone unturned throughout her rehabilitation from this setback."