TOP Australian soccer player Leena Khamis could be sidelined for a year.
The West Hoxton resident ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee recently playing for the Macarthur Rams.
She says she is positive about making a successful return next season.
The striker said her doctor is pleased with the surgery which she had last week in Adelaide.
"I am out for 12 months, the doctor has told me," Khamis said.
"I will get through this, I am determined to do so, I am remaining positive."
In four seasons with the Sydney FC, the 26-year-old pictured, has scored 23 goals in 35 games. She has played in two grand finals with the club, winning a premiership in 2009.
Khamis has played 19 internationals for the Matildas. She played a valuable role in getting Australia into the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals. Khamis scored a goal in a group stage match against Equatorial Guinea in which they won 3-2.
Before injuring her knee, Khamis enjoyed a successful stint with strong Danish club Fortuna Hjørrin in the 2011/2012 European season.
— RILEY KRAUSE