During the Saturday match in Swedish Damallsvenskan between Kristianstads DFF and last year’s champions FC Rosengård, the Matildas midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight suffered a cruel injury and was substituted already in the seventh minute of the game, a Skåne-derby which Rosengård later won with 0-1.
The 29-year-old signed for Kristianstads DFF ahead of the new season, being considered a key player with all her international experience. Kellond-Knight has over 100 international appearances for the Australian women’s national team Matildas and have spent the last two seasons in NWSL clubs Reign FC (now OL Reign), Washington Spirit and in Australia with Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar. It’s now the second encounter in Sweden for Kellond-Knight since she was playing for Hammarby in 2018.
The seriousness of the injury is currently still unknown but there is no doubt it would be a massive blow for the Skåne-team if Kellond-Knight would be out for longer time. The club now has hit the bottom of the Damallsvenskan table having lost both of their initial matches, and with a hectic schedule ahead the future looks uncertain for the Kristianstads DFF.