Kerr out of Australia’s first two World Cup games

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Australia captain Sam Kerr has been ruled out of their first two Women’s World Cup games with a calf injury sustained in training.

Kerr misses the co-hosts’ opening Group B game against the Republic of Ireland at Stadium Australia on Thursday.

The 29-year-old, Australia’s all-time record scorer, will also be absent against Nigeria on 27 July.

Kerr will now hope to be fit for Australia’s final match in Group B, against Canada on 31 July.

The Chelsea forward posted on Instagram: “Unfortunately I sustained a calf injury yesterday in training. I wanted to share this with everyone so there is no distraction from us doing what we came here to achieve.

“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.”

A statement posted to the Australia team’s Twitter account read: “Sam Kerr is unavailable tonight after she picked up a calf injury at training on matchday minus-one.

“Sam will be unavailable for the next two matches with the Matildas medical team to re-assess her following our second group-stage match.”

More to follow.

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