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FIFAWWC: Australia’s best player Kerr ruled out against Super Falcons

AUSTRALIA captain and key player Sam Kerr will not be available for their first two 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches against Ireland and Nigeria’s Super Falcons.

The team announced today that the Chelsea striker, one of the highest-profile women’s footballers in the world, sustained an injury during a training session for the global tournament, which Australia and New Zealand are co-hosting.

Kerr is the Matildas’ all-time leading scorer with 63 goals from 120 outings, and is the major attacking outlet for the co-hosts.

“SQUAD NOTE: Sam Kerr is unavailable tonight after she picked up a calf injury at training on MD-1,” the Australian team announced today.

“Sam will be unavailable for the next two matches with the Matildas Medical Team to re-assess her following our second group stage match.”

Australia open their World Cup campaign against Ireland today at 11am Nigerian time (8pm Sydney time) in Sydney and play their second Group B match against the Super Falcons next Thursday at Lang Park in Brisbane, with the same kick-off time as the first game.

Kerr will miss Australia’s first two World Cup fixtures but could face Olympic champions Canada on July 31 in Melbourne.

The 29-year-old has scored 54 goals in 67 Women’s Super League appearances for Chelsea since 2020 and helped them to three consecutive titles, and her goals and leadership will be sorely missed by the Matildas.

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