Katrina Gorry among three Matildas added to injury list ahead of Olympics

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Key Matildas Katrina Gorry, Clare Hunt and Courtney Nevin have been sidelined by injury ahead of the Olympics and will miss an upcoming friendly against Mexico joining an injury list which also includes superstar captain Sam Kerr.

Gorry declared it was time to “face this next challenge” after her stint with West Ham in the UK was ended by an ankle injury.

She joins Hunt (foot) and Nevin (hip) in being ruled out of the Matildas upcoming training camp and international friendly against Mexico in the United States during the April FIFA Women’s International Window.

It was confirmed there was “no current return to play timeline” for the three players but Paris Saint-Germain manager Jocelyn Prêcheur expects Hunt to be sidelines for a month.

Gorry (ankle) was forced from the field during West Ham’s Women’s Super League clash on Sunday afternoon against Chelsea and posted a picture on social media of herself on crutches and wearing a moon boot.

“Thank you everyone for all your messages. Unfortunately my season with West Ham has been cut short,” she said in her message.

“I’ve spent the last few days sitting with my emotions and now it’s times to face this next challenge and trust in my body to come back stronger and more in love with the game.”

Hunt and Leicester City defender Nevin were both unavailable for their respective club fixtures over the weekend as their injuries became clear.  

The trio will remain in their club environments with no current return to play timelines set as further treatment evaluation continues. 

In their place forward Emily Gielnik (Melbourne Victory FC), defender Winonah Heatley (FC Nordsjælland) and winger Sharn Freier (Brisbane Roar FC) have been called up the final squad.

Gielnik has tallied seven goals and two assists in 12 A-League Women’s matches, with the second highest goals per minute record. With 57 international caps to her name, the forward earns a return to the national team for the first time since June 2023.

Denmark based Heatley returns off the back off two strong seasons with FC Nordsjælland including claiming the 2023 Danish Women’s Cup.

Following the clash with Mexico the Matildas will play pre-Olympic friendlies against China in Adelaide and Sydney after which coach Tony Gustavsson will pick his Olympic squad.

Kerr is set to miss the Games in Paris as she continues to recover from an ACL injury.

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