##England goalkeeper #Karen Bardsley, left,being checked by teammate Steph Houghtin, was forced out of the England-Canada quarter-final game by an eye inflammation but is expected to be o.k. for Wednesday’s semifinal. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)
England coach Mark Sampson is optimistic goalkeeper Karen Bardsley will recover from a mystery eye problem in time for the Women’s World Cup semi-final against Japan on Wednesday in Edmonton.
Bardsley had to be withdrawn in the 52nd minute of England’s 2-1 win over Canada in Vancouver on Saturday after suffering an eye inflammation. She was replaced by Siobhan Chamberlain.
“It has certainly gone down, the swelling. I think by tomorrow she will be good to get herself on the training field and be up for selection for what is a really big game for us.”
There was media speculation after the game that Bardsley may have suffered a reaction to the artificial surface or the small black pellets that make up part of the field.