Game soft locks at Valley of the Dead PS4

I have the game on ps4 and have reached the stage in Varnhold Vanishing where I need to go to the Valley of the Dead. However the game is saying I need to bring Jaethal who I never recruited. I loaded an early save and tried to get to the location before it was revealed to me but it still said I needed Jaethal to enter. I can’t recruit her and so my game is soft locked. This is also part of the main story so I can’t even simply ignore it and continue on with the story.

Also just realised this is the wrong spot for this