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Australia’s Star Striker Sam Kerr Misses Women’s World Cup Opener Due to Calf Injury


Australia faced an unexpected setback in their Women’s World Cup journey as their star striker and captain, Sam Kerr, missed the opening game against Ireland due to a calf injury. The injury was not publicly revealed until just an hour before kickoff, leaving fans surprised and disappointed.

Crucial Absence for Australia

Sam Kerr, Australia’s leading scorer and a pivotal player in the team’s strategy, has been an integral part of the Matildas’ campaign. Her absence on the field against Ireland was a massive blow for the tournament co-hosts. Kerr’s skill, scoring prowess, and leadership have made her an iconic figure in Australian football.

Steph Catley’s Penalty Seals Victory

Despite Kerr’s absence, Australia managed to secure a 1-0 victory in Sydney, thanks to a second-half penalty scored by Steph Catley. The team displayed resilience and determination, showcasing their strength in depth. However, fans eagerly await the potential return of Kerr for upcoming matches.

Assessment Ahead of Nigeria Game

Kerr will also miss the Matildas’ game against Nigeria in Brisbane, but her condition will be closely assessed before the last Group B match against Canada on July 31. With 63 goals in 120 international appearances, Kerr was a strong contender for the Golden Boot at this World Cup.

A Determined Kerr Embraces the Journey

Expressing her disappointment at missing the opening game, Sam Kerr shared a heartfelt message on Instagram. She assured fans that her focus remains on supporting the team and being a part of their amazing journey in the Women’s World Cup.

“I wanted to share this with everyone so there is no distraction from us doing what we came here to achieve,” Kerr wrote. “Of course, I would have loved to have been out there tonight, but I can’t wait to be a part of this amazing journey which starts now.”

Awaiting Kerr’s Potential Return

Fans across Australia and beyond eagerly await updates on Kerr’s recovery. As one of the finest goal-scorers in the world and a key player for Australia, her presence on the field can significantly impact the team’s performance. Should Kerr return for the last Group B match against Canada, it promises to be a thrilling showdown.

As Australia’s Women’s World Cup campaign unfolds, all eyes are on the star striker’s recovery, hoping to witness her goal-scoring prowess and iconic backflip celebrations on the world stage once again.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.


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