CommBank Matildas captain Sam Kerr set for extended period on sidelines

CommBank Matildas captain Sam Kerr has been ruled out of the second half of the English Women’s Super League season and Australia’s AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers Round 3 series against Uzbekistan in February 2024.  

This follows confirmation from Chelsea FC that the forward has suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during the club’s mid-season camp currently taking place in Morocco. 

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Tony Gustavsson, CommBank Matildas’ Head Coach, stated that Kerr would have the full backing of the national team as needed. 

“Considering how hard Sam has worked over the past six months to return to play, this news is a devastating blow for everyone,” Gustavsson said.

“With her ability to lead by example, Sam’s guidance and influence on the team is significant and, as a result, this will be an incredible loss for the national team.

“Our focus now is on ensuring she has all the support she wants and needs to navigate recovery and rehab,” Gustavsson concluded. 

Upon returning to London, Kerr’s recovery and rehabilitation will be overseen by Chelsea’s medical staff with no current timeframe for her return to football. 

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