Matildas downplay Mary Fowler knock earlier than essential Nigeria conflict


All eyes can be on Mary Fowler forward of the Matildas’ Girls’s World Cup conflict with Nigeria after the younger gun suffered a knock at coaching.

Fowler is because of line up alongside Caitlin Foord in assault towards Nigeria as Australia manoeuvres by way of life with out injured skipper Sam Kerr.

Tuesday’s coaching was closed to media however host broadcasters Optus Sport was initially as a result of interview Fowler.

But it surely was as a substitute instructed by Soccer Australia that Fowler had suffered a knock late within the session and required a precautionary evaluation.

FA later allayed fears over Fowler’s situation, saying she was “all good”.

However there’ll clearly be a watch on the 20-year-old in Wednesday morning’s closing session earlier than Thursday’s recreation at Suncorp Stadium.

Star ahead Foord, in the meantime, insisted Kerr’s calf harm, suffered a day trip from the opening 1-0 win over Eire, gained’t derail her whole marketing campaign.

“She’s simply doing every thing potential to be in one of the best situation for when she does step again on the pitch,” Foord instructed Optus Sport.

“She’ll positively be again this match.”

As the one group in Group B with three factors from its opening recreation, Australia can seal development to the knockout phases with victory over Nigeria, which has one level.

If Canada (one level) and Eire (zero factors) attract Perth on Wednesday evening, a win would lock in high spot for the Matildas earlier than their third group recreation.

The Matildas final performed Nigeria on the 2015 Girls’s World Cup.

On that day, in Winnipeg, Canada, Kyah Simon scored each objectives in a 2-0 group-stage win.

Kerr supplied an help for the second aim and copped an elbow to the face off the ball from Ugo Njoku that drew a three-game retrospective ban.

“A troublesome, robust recreation, I bear in mind,” midfielder Katrina Gorry stated.

“I watched them play Canada and so they’re much more highly effective than they had been then.

“They’ve bought a lot velocity however lots of class throughout the sector. (They’re) technically superb.

“Should you’re not in your defensive recreation, they’ll exploit you and with the tempo they’ve, it’s fairly scary.”

Tameka Yallop has recovered from a corked thigh to press her choice case.

“It’ll be a really totally different recreation from 2015, however they nonetheless have all these qualities that that they had earlier than,” she stated.

“There’s a bit little bit of unpredictability to them, which does make it a bit bit tough. However on the similar time we’ve skilled for that as effectively in our prep.

“It’s nearly being centered in each second towards them.”

Eire sat again and defended deep towards Australia.

After drawing 0-0 with Canada first up, Nigeria could have to speak in confidence to chase three factors.

That may go well with Australia high quality.

“It’s going to be one other second-ball recreation and hitting them on transition. They clearly put lots of numbers ahead,” Gorry stated.

“So if we are able to try to hit them on transition, I believe we’ll give them a troublesome time.”