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Larissa Crummer ruled out of Matildas' Olympic qualifiers

22 February 2016

FOOTBALL: The Matildas will be without forward Larissa Crummer for the upcoming 2016 Olympic qualifying tournament in Japan after the 20 year old Melbourne City FC striker sustained a knee injury during the squad’s training game in Wollongong.

Canberra United’s Ashleigh Sykes will take Crummer’s place in the Matildas squad which will depart for Japan on Monday morning for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 – Final Qualification Round.

Sykes, who has made 16 appearances for her country and was part of the Matildas’ FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 squad, comes into the team off the back of an excellent W-League season.

“Larissa (Crummer) suffered a knock to her knee going for a header during the first half of our training game last night and after scans this morning and consultation with the medical staff, unfortunately she won’t be available for the qualifying tournament,” said Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic of the W-League’s leading scorer last season.

“It’s really disappointing news for Larissa because she had a great W-League season and has been looking really good at training leading up to this tournament.

“Ash Sykes will now come into the squad and with the great form she showed in the W-League, we’re confident she will add another dimension to our attack.”

The Olympic qualifying tournament will see the Matildas’ play five matches in 10 days, the first being a blockbuster against FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Finalists and tournament hosts Japan on 29 February.

The Matildas Olympic Games Qualifiers will be showcased LIVE on 7mate starting on February 29.

The top two teams will qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games Women’s Football Tournament.

Matildas squad – Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 – Final Qualification Round

Number

Name

Position

Club

A International Caps (Goals)

1

Lydia Williams (gk)

Goalkeeper

Canberra United

49 (0)

2

Ashleigh Sykes

Attacking Midfielder

Canberra United

16 (4)

3

Caitlin Cooper

Defender

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

3 (1)

4

Clare Polkinghorne

Defender

Brisbane Roar

80 (5)

5

Laura Alleway

Defender

Melbourne City FC

39 (2)

6

Chloe Logarzo

Midfielder

Newcastle Jets

3 (0)

7

Stephanie Catley

Defender

Melbourne City FC

42 (2)

8

Elise Kellond-Knight

Midfielder

Potsdam FC, Germany

64 (1)

9

Caitlin Foord

Forward

Perth Glory

38 (5)

10

Emily van Egmond

Midfielder

FFC Frankfurt, Germany

47 (11)

11

Lisa De Vanna

Forward

Melbourne City FC

106 (37)

12

Casey Dumont (gk)

Goalkeeper

-

1 (0)

13

Tameka Butt

Midfielder

Brisbane Roar

52 (7)

14

Alanna Kennedy

Defender

Sydney FC

37 (0)

15

Emily Gielnik

Forward

Brisbane Roar

7 (0)

16

Michelle Heyman

Forward

Canberra United

41 (15)

17

Kyah Simon

Forward

Sydney FC

58 (15)

18

Mackenzie Arnold (gk)

Goalkeeper

Perth Glory

7 (0)

19

Katrina Gorry

Midfielder

Brisbane Roar

38 (11)

20

Aivi Luik

Midfielder

Melbourne City FC

16 (0)

 

Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 – Final Qualification Round
Matildas Schedule

Group A
Japan
DPR Korea
Westfield Matildas
China P.R.
Korea Republic
Vietnam

Matildas v Japan
Monday 29 February 2016
Kincho Stadium, Osaka
Kick-Off: 7:35pm local time (9:35pm AEDT)
LIVE nationally 9:30pm AEDT on 7mate

Matildas v Vietnam
Wednesday 2 March 2016
Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka
Kick-Off: 4:35pm local time (6:35pm AEDT)
LIVE nationally 6:30pm AEDT on 7mate

Korea Republic v Matildas
Friday 4 March 2016
Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka
Kick-Off: 7:35pm local time (9:35pm AEDT)
LIVE nationally 9:30pm AEDT on 7mate

DPR Korea v Matildas
Monday 7 March 2016
Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka
Kick-Off: 7:35pm local time (9:35pm AEDT)
LIVE nationally 9:30pm AEDT on 7mate

Matildas v China P.R.
Wednesday 9 March 2016
Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka
Kick-Off: 7:35pm local time (9:35pm AEDT)
LIVE nationally 9:30pm AEDT on 7mate

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