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FIFA Women’s World Cup: England coach optimistic keeper will recover – CBC Sports – Soccer

# goalkeeper , 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Bardsley had to be withdrawn in the 52nd minute of England’s 2-1 win over Canada in Vancouver on Saturday after suffering an eye inflammation.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.

 

 

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