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Sam Kerr might be fit to play in the World Cup quarter-finals

Having suffered a calf injury, the Chelsea striker Sam Kerr was absent during the group stage, but she did make a brief appearance as a substitute in the round-of-16 triumph over Denmark.

Australia’s decision regarding the fitness of captain Sam Kerr for their Women’s World Cup clash against France will be a last-minute one.

Australia’s coach, Tony Gustavsson, has the task of determining whether Kerr is ready to commence the quarter-final match against Les Bleues at Brisbane Stadium on Saturday.

“If Sam is fit to play 90 minutes, she is starting,” Gustavsson said at his pre-match press conference.

“That’s not even a question, and the team knows it.

“I definitely would never, ever see Sam as a disturbance to the team. We’re talking about Sam Kerr.

“Whether she is ready to play 90 minutes plus extra time, that’s to be decided tonight.”

Sitting at fifth place in the global rankings, France stands five positions higher than Australia. They have showcased their attacking prowess with an impressive tally of 12 goals across three matches, bouncing back strongly after a goalless draw against Jamaica in their opening game.

Their victories include a 2-1 win over Brazil and a 6-3 defeat of Panama in the group stage. This is followed by a convincing 4-0 triumph against Morocco in the round of 16.

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Gustavsson said: “They have proved over this tournament that they have extreme attacking threats: central, left and right.

“They attack with numbers and are brave, technical and fast.

“The one thing they have instilled in this tournament is the work ethic when they lose the ball.

“They are extremely aggressive when they lose the ball, so you get very little time when you win it.

“That’s probably the extra they have over us and that’s going to be the number one challenge to sort.

“But what we have proven is that our defensive structure and defensive work rate has been enormous. We have kept five clean sheets in our last six games and have also been very composed in front of goal.

“Once we do break that pressure we know how fast we can attack and one moment can decide the game.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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