I still remember waking up that morning with a strange feeling in my stomach.

I didn’t really know why at the time, but I distinctly remember having a weird feeling on game day as I made my way to the stadium.

Maybe it was pregame finals nerves, or simply just excitement, but I definitely went into the semi-final against Newcastle with a weird sense that usually wasn’t there.

It wasn’t until I scored the opening goal for the Sky Blues in the ninth minute that I started to think “Oh wait, today is going to be a good day.”

I was feeling really good and confident that I would score again.

Of course, that confidence wouldn’t last long.

As it goes, just before the half-time whistle I went up to contest a ball against one of the Jets opposing players, and came down on my foot awkwardly as i went to push off to go again.

I instantly felt a sharp sensation go through my foot, and immediately I knew I had ruptured the ligament in my foot.

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I had ruptured the lisfranc ligament in my other foot previously, and the pain was the exact same.

When I got up and tried to walk, it felt to similar.

So from that point I knew; it was heartbreaking.

I missed out on the W-League Grand Final, and was forced to watch from beyond the white line.

Last time, surgery wasn’t a go to fix for this injury, instead letting the ligament heal through ongoing treatment and management was.

But advanced medical treatment 5 years on I was immediately advised surgery would be a must.

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The only early positive I took was knowing that Samantha Kerr had sustained the same injury, and had undergone the exact same surgery i was about to under go, and she returned better than ever.

Had I not known of her experience, it would have made my upcoming rehab process all the more difficult to digest from a physical state.

Mentally though, and it almost feels strange to say this, but this injury couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

I know – strange! But it’s true. Let me explain why.

These past 12 months have been so incredibly draining – playing over in Japan was a wonderful experience, and I will always carry with me the amazing times I spent over in Asia.

But it was difficult being away from family and friends, and being put in completely different surrounding to what I am usually used too.

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So while it wasn’t like I went through a period where I lost my love for the game, I’ve desperately been seeking a chance just to refresh and catch my breath.

As soon as I left Japan, I sent straight into the Matildas camp for the China series before commencing almost immediately with Sydney FC.

So while the downtime has been forced in this regards, it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in many ways as well.

I’ve enjoyed spending more time with family and friends during my rehab, and even working with local TV broadcasters in a special comments role.

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Of course, deep down I want to be playing but at the same time.

When I am watched the Matildas play over in Jordan recently, it was tough because the competitor inside of you wants to be out there.

However, I know there will be other opportunities in the coming months once I return back to full health, and I really do want to see the forced break as a blessing in disguise.

I have recently began ramping up my recovery program and am itching to be back out on the pitch, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for me.