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Canberra United midfielder Jennifer Bissett to miss W-League season

Canberra United coach Liesbeth Migchelsen will look within her own ranks for a replacement for injured midfielder Jennifer Bissett, rather than put out an SOS around Australia.

Bissett will miss the entire W-League season after having an operation to repair ligament damage in her ankle, sustained while playing in the Czech Republic this year.

The 22-year-old has been with United since its foundation year in 2008, appearing in 56 games over the past six seasons.

Bissett had a stint with PK-35 Vantaa in Finland last year before joining FC Slovacko Zeny, then re-aggravating her ankle injury in pre-season training with United.

It's an untimely blow to United's season, which kicks off with a tricky encounter away to the Western Sydney Wanderers on September 14.

Migchelsen is close to finalising her playing roster, but is preferring to look at home-grown talent as opposed to recruiting players from other state leagues.


"Our philosophy and vision is we want as much as possible players from in and around Canberra, to give them the opportunity rather than look interstate," Migchelsen said. "We have some players in the training environment and we'll announce our squad probably next week.

"I'm looking at the NTC Challenge, but I also have four players from the women's Premier League from Canberra FC and Belconnen.

"I will give those girls an opportunity as well and then we make a decision."

Bissett consulted with Canberra United club doctor Wilson Lo before making her decision.

"I talked to Wilson about my ankle problems and he thought it was a good idea for me to get surgery as quick as possible," Bissett said.

"Unfortunately, this means I won't be able to run for three to four months ... I won't be able to be a part of Canberra United as a player.

"This is sad for me, but from talking with [Migchelsen], I think we've made the right decision to essentially get a new ankle."

Bissett is the second United player sidelined through injury this season.

Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams required a knee reconstruction after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament for the second time while playing in the US earlier this year.

Migchelsen said the onus was on players to ensure they receive the best treatment possible.

"Every country trains a different way, but it's always the responsibility of the player," she said. "You should be able to listen to your body and just tell the coach.

"You don't know how the coach or the club will react, but I think it's still your responsibility because you know your own body."