England Vitality Roses star Beth Cobden has been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a knee injury.
On Tuesday England Netball confirmed that Cobden ruptured her ACL last Saturday playing for her club Adelaide Thunderbirds in the Suncorp Super Netball League, and will be undergoing surgery.
It was only Cobden's third competitive appearance for Adelaide since returning from another ACL injury, which she picked up playing for previous team Loughborough Lightning in the Superleague Grand Final last July.
The injury means she will miss the remainder of the season with Adelaide, as well as this summer's Netball World Cup in Liverpool, due to begin on July 12.
"Beth is an exceptional athlete and her contribution to our team over the last four years has been influential in the success of the Roses," England head coach Tracey Neville said in a statement. "To miss out on her first opportunity to go to a World Cup is devastating and we will do everything we can to ensure she is back on court soon.”
Cobden's Adelaide and England teammate Chelsea Pitman also took a knock on Saturday but has been able to return to training.
Neville is due to announce her 12-player World Cup squad on May 23, before England begin their campaign against Uganda on the opening day of the tournament.