Sam Kerr declares herself fit for Matildas’ must-win World Cup clash against Canada

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<p>Sam Kerr has declared herself fit to play against Olympic champions Canada in the Matildas’ must-win final group stage match at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.</p>
<p>Speaking at a press conference in Brisbane on Saturday, the first time she has answered questions about a calf injury suffered 10 days ago, Kerr said she was in a position to be picked against Canada.</p>
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<p>“I’m definitely going to be available,” Kerr said.</p>
<p>The striker said she had trained with the squad on Saturday, but would not be drawn on whether she would start against Canada or come off the bench.</p>
<p>Australia must beat Canada to guarantee progression to the round of 16, following the shock defeat to Nigeria on Thursday. A draw will leave the team’s hopes subject to the result in the simultaneous clash between Nigeria and Ireland – in which the Irish need to beat the Super Falcons and goal difference to break Australia’s way.</p>
<p>Kerr suffered a calf injury in a warm-up at training a week and a half ago, on the eve of the Matildas’ World Cup opener against Ireland. Her absence was sensationally announced barely an hour before the blockbuster clash in front a capacity-crowd at Stadium Australia.</p>
<p>Ever since the status of Kerr’s recovery has come under immense scrutiny, with Football Australia remaining silent about the health of the Matildas’ captain.</p>
<p>“The plan has always been the same – miss the first two games and then reassess,” said Kerr on Saturday.</p>
<p><em>More to follow.</em></p>
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