Australia ahead Mary Fowler has been dominated out of her facet’s second Ladies’s World Cup match on Thursday within the newest damage blow for the co-hosts.
Fowler suffered concussion in coaching on Tuesday and won’t be accessible to face Nigeria, whereas defender Aivi Luik can also be out with the identical damage.
Manchester Metropolis striker Fowler began Australia’s opening win over the Republic of Eire, which captain Sam Kerr missed with a calf injury.
Kerr stays out for the Nigeria match.
Australia face the African facet in Brisbane on 27 July understanding a win would assure them development from Group B into the spherical of 16, following their 1-0 victory over the Irish at Stadium Australia.
However the absence of Fowler – who was anticipated to line-up alongside Caitlin Foord up entrance for the Matildas, as she did towards the Republic – leaves Australia quick on attacking choices.
Emily van Egmond and Alex Chidiac are among the many gamers in rivalry to exchange Fowler, whereas Everton ahead Clare Wheeler can also be an choice.
“Ahead Mary Fowler and defender Aivi Luik will probably be unavailable for Thursday evening’s conflict with Nigeria with each gamers having been dominated out after sustaining gentle concussions in separate incidents at coaching on Tuesday,” a statement from the Australian FA learn.
Additionally they confirmed each gamers have recovered, however won’t play towards Nigeria as a consequence of Soccer Australia’s concussion protocol.
Fowler, 20, and Luik, 38, may each be accessible to face Canada in Australia’s remaining Group B conflict on Monday.