Calf damage sidelines Matildas captain Sam Kerr for opening two matches of Girls’s World Cup


Sam Kerr has been dominated out of Australia’s Girls’s World Cup opener in opposition to Eire and the next sport in opposition to Nigeria by means of damage.

Kerr, the Matildas’ captain and all-time main goalscorer, picked up a calf damage in Wednesday’s last coaching session.

Based on Soccer Australia, the Chelsea striker will probably be assessed after the Matildas’ second group sport in opposition to Nigeria in Brisbane on July 27.

“Sadly I sustained a calf damage yesterday in coaching,” Kerr mentioned.

“I wished to share this with everybody so there isn’t any distraction from us doing what we got here right here to realize.

“After all I might have liked to have been on the market tonight however I can’t wait to be part of this wonderful journey, which begins now.”

Mary Fowler replaces Kerr in Australia’s beginning line-up aganst Eire at Stadium Australia on Thursday evening and is the one change to the staff that beat France 1-0 in Melbourne.

Eire star Denise O’Sullivan has overcome a shin damage to begin.

Amid campaigns for equal pay and circumstances for feminine athletes, the 2023 World Cup is quick changing into the very best argument for girls’s sports activities.

Near 1.4 million tickets have been snapped up, surpassing earlier match data.

Extra Matildas jerseys have offered than the Socceroos managed throughout and because the 2022 males’s World Cup, in accordance with sportswear model Nike.

Virtually 80,000 followers will watch the Tillies kick off their World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to the Republic of Eire at Stadium Australia, a nationwide document crowd for girls’s soccer.

The match was initially scheduled to happen on the 42,000-capacity Sydney Soccer Stadium, however Soccer Australia (FA) and FIFA agreed to take an opportunity and flip the sport to the larger venue.

“On the time there have been plenty of questions on whether or not we’d promote this out,” FA chief govt James Johnson advised AAP.

“We took a call to shift to Stadium Australia and I’m so delighted to see this excellent stadium promote out, it really brings a tear to my eye.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese despatched a message of assist to the Matildas forward of their opening sport.

“The entire of Australia is cheering you on tonight,” he mentioned in a video.

“You’ll do us proud.”


Mackenzie Arnold (GK); Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy, Clare Hunt, Ellie Carpenter; Katrina Gorry, Kyra Cooney-Cross, Caitlin Foord; Cortnee Vine, Hayley Raso, Mary Fowler