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Sam Kerr Ruled Out of 2024 Paris Olympics Due to ACL Injury

Posted : 21 May 2024

Australia's star striker Sam Kerr has officially been ruled out of the 2024 Paris Olympics due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The 30-year-old sustained the injury during a Chelsea training camp in January. Announcing the squad for Australia's pre-Olympics friendlies, Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson confirmed that Kerr would not recover in time for the Games in July.


Kerr's absence is a significant blow to the Matildas, as she is the nation's all-time leading goal scorer and a key player in their Olympic medal campaign. She joins a growing list of high-profile female footballers sidelined by ACL injuries, including England captain Leah Williamson and Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema. Professional athletes typically require at least nine months to return to fitness post-surgery, complicating the Matildas' preparations for the Olympics.


The Matildas have faced numerous injuries among key players, adding to their challenges ahead of the Olympics. Midfielder Katrina Gorry is recovering from ankle surgery, defender Clare Hunt has a foot fracture, and stalwart Aivi Luik is dealing with a hamstring injury. Young midfielder Amy Sayer also tore her ACL last month, ruling her out of the Games.


Gustavsson acknowledged the tough task of finalizing the 18-strong Olympics squad, emphasizing the complexity of evaluating players' readiness amid these injuries. Kerr, who has achieved tremendous success with Chelsea and has been consistently nominated for the Ballon d'Or Féminin, was expected to be a cornerstone of the Matildas' efforts in Paris.


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