Australian basketball star Penny Taylor will miss the London Olympics following confirmation she will need surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Taylor, 30, injured her knee while playing for Fenerbahce in their 75-67 win over rivals Galatasaray in the Euroleague on March 29.
The three-time WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA champion was enjoying a standout season, and will miss the London Games as the Opals search for a first ever gold medal.
"I am obviously extremely disappointed at not being available to play with the Jayco Opals in London," Taylor said in Melbourne on Wednesday.
"Playing for Australia has always been my highest priority and missing this Olympics is devastating."
Taylor will also be missing for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA, with the season starting in the United States next month.
Basketball Australia chief executive Larry Sengstock said the loss of Taylor, who helped the Opals win silver in both Athens and Beijing, was a huge blow.
"We are devastated for Penny, as we know how desperately she wanted to represent her country in London," Sengstock said.
"You simply cannot replace a player of her calibre and her loss is definitely a huge blow."
"Unfortunately, injuries are a part of sport and we are fortunate that Australia has deep reserves of talent from which to draw."
"The loss of Penny, while tragic, creates an opportunity for another player to grab a ticket to London and will only make the competition at upcoming Jayco Opals training camps even more fierce."