Chelsea and Australia Striker Sam Kerr Out of International Friendlies Against Canada Due to Injury

Regrettably, Sam Kerr, the skillful forward for Chelsea, will not be able to participate in Australia’s upcoming friendly matches against Canada due to a foot injury. This unfortunate situation adds to the already extensive list of injured players from Australia, including Mackenzie Arnold, Charlotte Grant, and Holly McNamara.

In place of Kerr, Sarah Hunter, a midfielder from Paris FC, has been selected to join the national team for the first time. The 20-year-old is eager to make a significant contribution and display her abilities on the global platform. Despite being injured, Kerr has been in exceptional form for Chelsea this season. In six Women’s Super League matches, she has not only scored three goals but also contributed with three assists, enabling her team to secure the top spot in the standings, three points ahead of Arsenal. Kerr has also made a significant impact in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, finding the back of the net in the 2-2 draw against Real Madrid and scoring a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 4-1 triumph over Paris FC.

Chelsea will be eager for Kerr to recover quickly, as they have crucial upcoming matches ahead. On December 10, they will go up against Arsenal, who are competing for the title, and then they will have a European match against Hacken.

Additionally, Alexia Putellas, a midfielder for Barcelona, will not be able to participate in Spain’s upcoming Women’s Nations League games because of a knee injury. Putellas sustained the injury during Barcelona’s 5-0 win against Benfica in the Champions League. This is not the first time Putellas has encountered injury issues, as she was unable to play in the 2022 Euros due to a previous anterior cruciate ligament injury in the same knee. Nevertheless, she experienced an impressive resurgence and played a pivotal part in Spain’s triumph in the World Cup held in Australia in August.

While both Kerr and Putellas will be greatly missed by their individual teams, their nonattendance presents a chance for other players to rise to the occasion and make a significant impact on the global platform.

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