Sam Kerr, the talented Australian footballer, unfortunately, won’t be able to participate in her country’s first two matches at the Women’s World Cup due to a calf injury. This news comes as a significant setback for Australia, as Kerr is a key player for them.
The 29-year-old Chelsea star sustained the calf problem during a training session. It is undoubtedly disappointing for both Kerr and her team, who were counting on her skills and leadership on the field.
To emphasize the magnitude of this setback, England’s football legend, Ellen White, compared it to the absence of Erling Haaland for Norway or Lionel Messi for Argentina. Kerr’s absence will undoubtedly be felt by her teammates and fans alike.
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The Australian Women’s National Soccer Team (Matildas) will be playing in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup without its best player, Sam Kerr. The injury will leave the Matildas without their star forward, likened to other teams coming to the tournament without their top strikers such as Argentina without its star Lionel Messi.
Kerr, 25, has been a major force in women’s soccer for Australia, having scored 18 goals in 20 matches over the past two years. She had scored 17 international goals since December 2017, becoming the Matildas’ all-time top scorer in that period. Kerr has earned recognition as one of the best players in the world, being named the Women’s Ballon d’Or nominee in 2019.
Kerr was selected to the 23-player World Cup Squad for the Matildas but had to be removed from the list due to an injury. She sustained a hamstring strain in the lead up to a friendly match against the United States in April this year. Despite rehabilitating with the team, Kerr experienced a setback in her recovery and the coaches decided that she was not medically fit to compete at the tournament.
The Matildas will come to the World Cup with a strong team built around Kerr’s replacement striker, Hayley Raso. Raso has played 50 matches for the Matildas since 2014, proving her ability to contribute to the team in different ways, both as an attacking and defensive option.
For Australia, the loss of Kerr will be felt deeply. Kerr was a part of the team that took the Matildas to the Round of 16 in 2015. This year’s team knows that they need to get results without her and they are determined to prove that they can not only come close to the performance of the team in the past, but also better it.
The Matildas have the potential to put up a strong performance in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup without the help of Kerr. While her loss is significant, the team is determined not to let this stand in its way and to prove that it can continue to be competitive and successful without its star striker.