During training, talismanic captain Sam Kerr picked up a calf problem and is injured, which means the Matildas will have to manage without her for their opening two matches of the competition.
Australia, the tournament co-hosts, have confirmed that Kerr will miss the tournament‘s first two games, including the opener against Ireland on Thursday and the second group game against Nigeria.
Losing Kerr is a significant setback for the Matildas since she plays a crucial role in the national team. After aiding Chelsea in securing a league and cup double in the 2022-23 season, the forward entered the tournament with high expectations. The team will be eager for her to recover in time for their final group game.
“Sam Kerr is unavailable tonight after she picked up a calf injury at training on MD-1. Sam will be unavailable for the next two matches with the Matildas Medical Team to re-assess her following our second group stage match,” read a statement from the national team.
Kerr has posted an update on social media and is looking forward to getting back to action.
“Unfortunately, I sustained a calf injury yesterday in training. I wanted to share this with everyone so there is no distraction from us doing what we came here to achieve,” she wrote on Instagram. “Of course I would have loved to have been out there tonight but I can’t wait to be part of this amazing journey which starts now.”