Steph Catley & Caitlin Foord miss out on internationals with Australia, due to injury

Steph Catley & Caitlin Foord miss out on internationals with Australia, due to injury by Michelle

During Arsenal’s impressive 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Meadow Park on Sunday, Arsenal forward Caitlin Foord suffered a hamstring injury.

Caitlin Foord’s injury will undoubtedly be a significant setback for her, particularly with the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 scheduled for this summer. Unfortunately, Foord’s Arsenal teammate and fellow Matilda, Steph Catley, has already been ruled out of April’s international tournament due to a foot injury. Head coach Tony Gustavsson has confirmed that Catley’s injury was a non-contact injury to her foot and that she would be assessed by the team’s medical staff in London. However, she is expected to be unavailable for the April camp and possibly several weeks after that.

“When it comes to Steph, it’s a non-contact injury in her foot. She’s going to come in and see our (medical) team in London when we’re there but she’s definitely not available for the April camp and maybe some weeks after that.” said Gustavsson.

“When it comes to the World Cup, it’s too early to comment. We’ll just focus on the April camp and take it from there.” Source: FTBL

The Commbank Matildas are set to play two international friendlies against British opponents. They will first face Scotland at AFC Wimbledon’s Cherry Red Records Stadium on Friday before taking on the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 champions England at the Gtech Community Stadium in Brentford next Tuesday.

I’m sure fans of both Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley wish them a speedy recovery and hope to see them both back on the pitch for club and country soon.

Michelle Maxwell

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