Sam Kerr Expected to Miss Three Months with Foot Injury

Kerr should be ready for the NWSL preseason and Olympic qualifiers in March (Photo by Robyn McNeil).

Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr is expected to miss at least three months following an injury to her left foot that she suffered while playing in a Sunday match for Australia W-League club Perth Glory against Brisbane Roar. Scans on Tuesday revealed a ligament rupture to her left foot, ending her W-League season.

“I spoke with Sam this morning. She is obviously disappointed about the injury because it was very important for her to be able to play at home in front of her family and friends,” said Sky Blue FC assistant coach Christy Holly. “We want to wish her nothing but the best in her recovery, and all signs point to her being ready for the start of the NWSL preseason. Most importantly, she should be fully fit and functional for the Olympics, which will give her the opportunity to make the impact that we all know she is capable of making.

The injury occurred in the 20th minute of an eventual 2-0 win for Perth over Brisbane when Kerr collapsed to the ground with a non-contact injury. Her timeline for recovery shows that the Australia native is scheduled to be ready for Olympic qualifiers and the start of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) preseason in March.

Kerr played in four games for Perth during the 2015-16 W-League season, registering one goal.

Kerr, 22, also saw her W-League season end prematurely in 2014 when she suffered a left knee injury, but she fully rehabilitated in time for Australia’s participation in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. At the conclusion of the World Cup, she then joined Sky Blue FC for the final nine matches of the NWSL season, tallying six goals and a pair of assists to win the team Golden Boot.

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