Two A-Leagues stars called up to Matildas squad as injuries mount before Mexico friendly

Melbourne Victory forward Emily Gielnik and Brisbane Roar winger Sharn Freier have been called into the CommBank Matildas squad for April’s friendly against Mexico after injuries to three key members of the national team squad.

Gielnik and Freier are joined by former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City defender Winonah Heatley in bolstering Tony Gustavsson’s CommBank Matildas squad after injuries to Katrina Gorry, Clare Hunt and Courtney Nevin.

Gorry suffered an ankle injury while playing for club side West Ham in the Women’s Super League (WSL), while Paris Saint-Germain defender Hunt and Leicester City full-back Nevin have been ruled out by their respective foot and hip injuries.

Freier receives her very first senior international call-up having impressed for Brisbane alongside Matildas star Tameka Yallop in the Liberty A-League this season.

The 22-year-old has three goals and five assists to her name prior to the final round of the campaign, and will link up with Gustavsson’s squad after Brisbane’s Round 22 clash with Canberra United.

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Gielnik, capped 57 times in green and gold, receives her well-earned CommBank Matildas recall after a glistening stretch of form for Melbourne Victory in the Liberty A-League, notching seven goals and two assists in 12 league fixtures.

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The CommBank Matildas are set to face Mexico at Toyota Field in San Antonio, United States, on Tuesday, April 9 local time (kick-off at 10am AEST on Wednesday, April 10).

Match details

Mexico v Australia
Date: Tuesday, 9 April 2024 (local) / Wed, 10 April 2024 (AUS)
Kick-off: 7.00pm (local) / 10.00am (AEST)
Venue: Toyota Field, San Antonio
Broadcast: Paramount+ 

Matildas squad – April international window

Mackenzie ARNOLD West Ham United FC 46 (0)Burleigh Heads SC / Football Queensland  
Ellie CARPENTER (VC)Olympique Lyon 74 (4)Cowra and District JSC / Football New South Wales 
Steph CATLEY (C)Arsenal123 (5)East Bentleigh, SE Cougars / Football Victoria  
Kyra COONEY-CROSS Arsenal42 (0)Bli Bli United FC / Football Queensland 
Caitlin FOORD Arsenal 121 (35)Warilla Wanderers / Football New South Wales  
Mary FOWLER Manchester City50 (15) Leichhardt FC / Football Queensland  
Sharn FREIERBrisbane Roar0 (0)Moreton Bay United FC / Football Queensland
Emily GIELNIKMelbourne Victory57 (11)Redlands United / Football Queensland
Charlotte GRANT Tottenham Hotspur23 (1) Cumberland United Women’s FC / Football South Australia  
Winonah HEATLEYFC Nordsjælland0 (0)Mossman and Cairns / Football QLD 
Michelle HEYMANCanberra United63 (25)Illawarra Stingrays / Football New South Wales
Alanna KENNEDY Manchester City121 (9)Campbelltown Cobras SC / Football New South Wales 
Aivi LUIKBK Häcken 45 (1)Palm Beach SC / Football Queensland 
Teagan MICAH Liverpool17 (0)Brisbane Blue, Brisbane Central / Football Queensland 
Clare POLKINGHORNE Kristianstads DFF165 (16)Wynnum Wolves, Capalaba Bulldogs / Football Queensland  
Hayley RASO Real Madrid Femenino84 (16)Palm Beach SC / Football Queensland 
Amy SAYERKristianstads DFF11 (1)Northbridge FC / Football New South Wales
Kaitlyn TORPEYSan Diego Wave2 (1)Olympic FC / Football Queensland
Emily VAN EGMOND (VC)San Diego Wave141 (31)Dudley Redhead United FC / Northern NSW Football 
Cortnee VINESydney FC26 (3)Peninsula Power FC / Football Queensland 
Clare WHEELER Everton 18 (1)Adamstown Rosebud / Northern NSW Football 
Jada WHYMANSydney FC0 (0)Tolland football Club / Football New South Wales
Tameka YALLOP Brisbane Roar121 (13)Mudgeeraba SC / Football Queensland